Cowboys get off to another quick start with 49 first-half points

OSU FOOTBALL — Quick starts like Saturday's have become a hallmark of Oklahoma State's road winning streak. With the exception of the Texas A&M game, OSU has led by at least two touchdowns at halftime of every road game this season.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm •  Published: November 12, 2011
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A fumble on the ensuing kickoff led to a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.

“The way our offense is playing, they can just go score and score and score,” Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “It's demoralizing for that opponent.”

But how have the Cowboys managed so many fast starts, especially when they're on the road in a hostile environment?

“Just focusing in on the game plan,” Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis said. “They don't run anything new that our coaches haven't shown us already, so we just focus in those first couple series. That really sets the tempo for the rest of the game.”

Starting well is a focus whether on the road or at home.

“Any time we take the field, we try to start fast,” Lewis said. “Even in practice, we try to warm up fast so the next period can be even faster.”

Safe to say, they did. With the Cowboys leading 35-0 early in the second quarter, some Red Raider fans headed for the exits.

Texas Tech fans weren't the only ones affected by OSU's big early lead.

“Those last two plays before the half,” Lewis said of a couple Texas Tech snaps, “one of the D tackles told me that the center told him the play. It was going to be a draw twice.”

Lewis raised an eyebrow as if in answer to how important quick starts are.

“What else can you say?”

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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QUICK STARTS, BIG WINS

Oklahoma State ran its road winning streak to 10 games with a 66-6 victory at Texas Tech. Quick starts like the one the Cowboys had Saturday have become an important part of winning games on the road. Here's a look at the games in the streak and how the Cowboys started them:

2011

* Texas Tech: OSU led 21-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

Quick start: Yes

* Missouri: OSU led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter and took a 21-3 lead early in the second.

Quick start: Yes

* Texas: The Cowboys took a 7-0, then answered a Longhorn touchdown for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Cowboys led 21-10 at halftime.

Quick start: Yes

* Texas A&M: The Cowboys trailed 20-3 at halftime.

Quick start: No

* Tulsa: After giving up an early field goal, the Cowboys led 21-3 early in the second quarter.

Quick start: Yes

2010

* Kansas: The Cowboys trailed 7-0 early, then 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Quick start: No

* Texas: This game was tied 3-3 after the first quarter, but OSU rallied and led 26-3 at halftime.

Quick start: Yes

* Kansas State: The Wildcats led 7-0, then stayed close and trailed the Cowboys only 17-7 at halftime.

Quick start: No

* Texas Tech: OSU led 21-0 after the first quarter.

Quick start: Yes

* Louisiana-Lafayette: An early 10-0 lead evaporated as the Cowboys trailed 21-17 at halftime.

Quick start: No

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