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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' rout of Baylor started with luck, ended with dominance

OSU 49, BAYLOR 17 — Defensive tackle James Castleman swatted the ball away on the goal line and recovered it, triggering a dominant defensive performance that has Oklahoma State a win away from a second Big 12 title in three years.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: November 23, 2013

STILLWATER — Bryce Petty had only turf in between him and the end zone midway through the first quarter, until the turf monster tripped the Baylor quarterback up at the goal line.

Call that luck.

Two plays later, as Bear running back Shock Linwood tried to stretch the football over the goal line with one hand, Oklahoma State defensive tackle James Castleman poked the ball free and scooped it up.

Call that opportunistic.

After that, Baylor didn't get that close to the end zone again until the first minute of the fourth quarter when the Cowboys had already built a 32-point lead.

Call that dominance.

OSU's defense holding strong in Glenn Spencer's debut season as coordinator is nothing new.

But this was different.

This performance in a stunning 49-17 upset of previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor came against an attack widely touted as America's Greatest Offense — and for good reason. The Bears entered the game leading the nation in scoring (61.2 points a game, no team is within 8 1/2 points) and total offense (684.8 yards, more than 100 ahead of the runner-up).

“You try to hold them half of what they averaged,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said.

OSU did way more than that. After Castleman's momentum-swinging play at the goal line, No. 10 OSU (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) served Baylor an old-fashioned stuffing.

Baylor (9-1, 6-1) had entered the contest with seven total three-and-outs. The Bears had four possessions without a first down Saturday night.

The most punts Baylor had in a game this season entering Saturday was six. The Bears had five by halftime.

The results of Baylor's drives through the first three quarters?

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