Oklahoma State football: Cowboys 'out of control' in stunning loss at Arizona

ARIZONA 59, OSU 38: Oklahoma State couldn't stop Matt Scott and the Rich Rodriguez spread. Undisciplined play and ‘poor coaching' didn't help either.
by Gina Mizell Published: September 9, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. — It was a night littered with 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.

“It was poor coaching and poor playing,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Bad combination. And we're all responsible for way too many mental mistakes. We were out of control.

“It really comes down to just undisciplined football.”

And 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 OSU's newest quarterback-receiver connection, Wes Lunt-to-Tracy Moore, gave the Cowboys an early 14-0 lead, defensive tackle Calvin Barnett was called for two personal fouls on one play — a roughing the passer call and an unnecessary roughness call after the whistle.

Those 30 penalty yards eventually led to Scott's15-yard touchdown pass to Richard Morrison and flipped momentum to the Wildcats.

“I really like Calvin's effort,” Gundy said. “I like his aggressiveness, and I like him to play with an attitude on defense, but he cannot play like that.”

Later, a fumble by Joseph Randle at the OSU 30 on the Cowboys' ensuing drive gave Arizona (2-0) in prime position for a field goal. Two holding penalties on consecutive possessions stalled OSU drives inside its 20-yard line.

Then, two more OSU personal fouls — which contributed to the 167 total penalty yards that all came on 15 major fouls — helped UA tack on 10 more points to propel it to a 23-14 lead at intermission. After the break, a Ka'Deem Carey 13-yard touchdown catch on Arizona's opening drive of the third quarter gave the Wildcats 30 unanswered points.

And yet, the Cowboys still got the ball with a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quarter after Lunt directed three consecutive scoring drives to cut Arizona's lead to 37-31 in the waning moments of the third. But a mistake by Lunt — a 48-yard interception return by Jonathan McKnight — essentially sealed the upset for the Wildcats, who were two-touchdown underdogs.

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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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