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Oklahoma State football: Mistakes doom No. 11 Cowboys in loss to West Virginia

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 28, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A chip-shot field goal that clanked off the right upright.

A 16-yard punt. Then a 13-yarder.

A pick-six, plus two other turnovers.

A multitude of penalties.

Pile all those mistakes into the college football blender, and it will spit out an upset loss for the nation's 11th-ranked team.

Oklahoma State's season with Big 12 championship aspirations took an early hit Saturday afternoon in a surprising 30-21 loss at West Virginia that was littered with Cowboy miscues.

And those Cowboys (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) weren't shy in saying so after the game.

“It seemed like if it wasn't me, it was gonna be somebody else,” said quarterback J.W. Walsh, who tossed two interceptions, “and if wasn't somebody else, it was somebody else.

“It was just one of those days where it just kept happening over and over again. We've just got to correct it.”

It's not enough to say the Cowboys were plagued by constant mistakes. They were big ones, coach Mike Gundy said. Bonehead ones, added Walsh.

Mistakes that ultimately led to West Virginia scores.

Start with the trio of turnovers, a particularly perplexing development after the Cowboys committed just one through their first three games.

First came Walsh's interception thrown right to West Virginia linebacker Ishmael Banks, who then scampered 58 yards and dove just inside the pylon.

A second-quarter fumble by Jeremy Smith immediately put the Mountaineers in field-goal range, even though the OSU defense responded by giving up just one yard on the ensuing possession.

Then a Walsh interception in OSU territory with less than four minutes to play helped West Virginia's Josh Lambert kick the 34-yard field goal to give it a nine-point advantage to essentially seal the victory.

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