WACO, Texas — Oklahoma State came to Baylor and got bowl eligible. Got dangerous, too. On a night when Zac Robinson took his place atop the record books and Dantrell Savage reminded us how special he is, the most important thing for the Cowboys was notching that sixth victory and crossing the bowl-eligibility threshold. Done. OSU 45, Baylor 14. Now comes Bedlam. The rivalry brings its own unique pressure, but the Cowboys will ride into Norman without the must-win tag slapped on the game, too. Their place in the postseason is secure. Representing the Big 12 South in the conference title game is non-existent. Their mentality is one of little to lose and lots to gain. "Now, we've got that off our shoulders,” Cowboy defensive end Nathan Peterson said of getting bowl eligible. "We get that off our shoulders for our biggest game of the year.” No doubt the Cowboys want to win, but after Saturday's win against the Bears, they no longer have the pressure of needing to win. Big, big difference. "We can breathe again,” defensive back Perrish Cox said. "We can play with a little more poise than if we had lost this game. "We can just play.” Look out for good teams who can go out and just play. "We know we'll have nothing to lose when we go down there,” Robinson said. The last time OSU went to OU with absolutely nothing to lose, Rashaun Woods caught a ball in the corner of the end zone and shocked the college football world. Perhaps you remember 16-13. By the way, this just in from the high plains of West Texas: the Sooners are reeling. OU went to Texas Tech controlling its own destiny. After Oregon's stunning loss to Arizona, OU only needed to win out to play for a national championship. Then, Sam Bradford went down. The Sooners' championship hopes went down with him. Will Bradford play next Saturday? Will the Sooners find their footing? The Cowboys have theirs. They completely dismantled the Bears. Only a week after Baylor rolled up 307 yards in the first half at OU, it managed only 309 in the game against OSU. The Cowboys amassed 545 yards of offense. Not to say the Cowboys have everything figured out. On the Bears' first touchdown drive, the Cowboys committed a pair of costly penalties. A roughing the passer penalty by Andre Sexton pushed Baylor deep into OSU territory. Then, Quinton Moore drew a pass interference penalty that gave the Bears a first and goal. They scored two plays later. Commit penalties against a bottom-barrel team like Baylor, and it might cost you. Commit them against a top-tier one like OU, and it surely will. Even though OSU had some hiccups on defense, it had none on offense. Granted, everyone looks better against Baylor, but OSU had few penalties and no turnovers. The Cowboys were effective and efficient. That started with their young quarterback and their stellar tailback. Robinson is becoming quite a signal caller. Check out his first-half stats: 11 rushes for 105 yards and two touchdowns; 12-of-13 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he broke the school's single-season record for total offense. Zac Attack ranks ahead of Josh Fields and Bobby Reid and Barry Sanders. Pretty good company. Remember, too, Robinson has set the record having only started nine games. He is helped by the guy with him in the backfield. Savage is the kind of running back who makes you sit up and take notice every time he touches the ball. Even with Savage and Robinson, these Cowboys are not world beaters. Thing is, they don't have to beat the world next week. Just the Sooners.
Kendall Hunter runs past Zack Jones of Baylor during the second half of Saturday night's game in Waco, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Bears 45-14. by STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN