The only first-half points OSU allowed in the first 45 minutes — a 29-yard field goal by Aaron Jones in the waning seconds of the second quarter — came on a drive with a busted play, where safety Shamiel Gary fell down and left Clay Fuller open for a 53-yard catch and run.
The Cowboys limited Petty when it counted (19-of-38 for 216 yards and zero touchdowns through three quarters) and swallowed the Bears' powerful rushing attack (94 total yards on 36 carries). They limited the Bears' chunk plays by tackling well in open field and forcing three turnovers, including a 78-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Tyler Patmon when Baylor was attempting to stage a rally in the fourth quarter.
The Bears' offense was not at full strength, as they were missing running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, receiver Tevin Reese and left tackle Spencer Drango to injury. Still, Baylor was missing all those pieces but Drango last week against Texas Tech and still rolled up 63 points.
That type of performance couldn't be replicated against an OSU defense that already had a legitimate claim as the Big 12's best, coming into the game allowing just 19 points per game and forcing 26 turnovers. Still, the Cowboys had been a bit under the radar nationally.
Not anymore. Not after making the ultimate statement when facing the ultimate test.
And with Bedlam on the horizon on Dec. 7, that defense has helped put OSU in prime position to capture its second Big 12 title in three seasons.