Big lead gives some breathing room
Oklahoma State built a 21-3 first-quarter lead. The Cowboys outgained Indiana 449-230 through three quarters, 513-399 for the game. The Hoosiers clawed within 42-24 midway through the third quarter, but OSU slammed the door with a last-minute touchdown.
This resembled a game against Baylor or an early-season non-conference opponent. The Cowboys started milking the clock early in the fourth quarter after building a 42-17 lead or they easily could have surpassed 50 points.
Cowboys put pressure on Lewis
Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis, the focus for OSU's defense, finished with 204 yards passing, 83 yards rushing.
The Cowboys did a decent job containing IU's sophomore dual-threat quarterback. They recorded only one sack but several times forced Lewis to hurry throws or throw the ball away.
You can see why SEC schools wanted Lewis to play defense. You can see why Indiana coaches are excited Lewis has two more years.