Oklahoma State football: Mistakes plague Cowboys in 59-38 loss to Arizona

It was a night littered with mistakes. Lots of mistakes. A school record for penalty yards. Four turnovers. Multiple dropped passes. A defense that could not stop Matt Scott and the Rich Rodriguez spread offense.
by Gina Mizell Published: September 9, 2012

It was a night littered with mistakes. Lots of mistakes.

A school record for penalty yards. Four turnovers. Multiple dropped passes. A defense that could not stop Matt Scott and the Rich Rodriguez spread offense.

Oklahoma State fell to Arizona 59-38 in Tucson on Saturday night in a game where miscues stalled the offense, gave the Wildcats free yards and ultimately halted a fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

One moment in the first quarter seemed to ignite the string of missteps that plagued the No. 18 Cowboys (1-1) for the remainder of the night.

After a new quarterback-receiver connection, Wes Lunt-to-Tracy Moore, gave the Cowboys an early 14-0 lead, Calvin Barnett was called for two personal fouls on a play — a roughing the passer call and an unnecessary roughness call.

That 30-yard penalty led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Richard Morrison and flipped momentum to the Wildcats.

Later, a fumble by Joseph Randle at the OSU 28 on the Cowboys' ensuing drive put Arizona in prime position for a field goal. Two holding penalties stalled OSU drives inside its 20-yard line. Two more OSU personal fouls — which contributed to the 167 total penalty yards — helped UA tack on 10 more points to propel it to a 23-14 lead at intermission.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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