Cowboys have little to lose and a lot to gain in Bedlam after rolling past Baylor in Waco

by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 18, 2007 at 12:27 am •  Published: November 18, 2007
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ey 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.


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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