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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Jamie Blatnick couldn't help noticing the Texas Tech crowd.

This is a fan base known for extreme behavior, and yet, the Oklahoma State defensive end was still shocked by what he witnessed Saturday.

Red Raider fans were leaving in the second quarter.

“I was like, ‘Man,'” Blatnick said, eyes wide.

He nodded.

“That's good. That's what we wanted.”

Those early departures were a direct result of the Cowboys' quick start. A three-touchdown lead after one quarter ballooned to a seven-touchdown blowout by halftime.

When all was said and done, the Cowboys had a 66-6 victory and their 10th consecutive win on the road.

Quick starts like Saturday's have become a hallmark of this road winning streak. With the exception of the Texas A&M game this season, OSU has led by at least two touchdowns at halftime of every road game.

“It's big,” Blatnick said of fast starts. “If you jump on ‘em and stay after ‘em, they'll start realizing, ‘I don't think we can play with them.'”

That thought had to go through the Red Raiders' heads Saturday. The OSU defense forced punts on Texas Tech's first three possessions while the OSU offense scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions.

The only possession that didn't end in a Cowboy touchdown instead ended in a Red Raider fumble on the punt.

After OSU went up 21-0, Texas Tech melted down.

An interception led to a touchdown.


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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