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

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. But a mistake by Lunt — a 48-yard pick-six by Jonathan McKnight — essentially put the game away.

There were numerous questions following OSU's 84-0 rout of lowly Savannah State about if the Cowboys had gotten enough quality work to prepare for their first road contest of the season. The Cowboy starters were out of the game before the second quarter began, with most playing around 15 snaps.

Call it rust. Call it sloppiness. Call it a lack of discipline and execution. The Cowboys often didn't look ready to play.

Lunt completed 37 of his 60 passes and a Big 12 freshman-record 436 yards and four touchdowns — all to Moore. Joseph Randle added 123 yards on the ground.

Scott finished with 320 yards passing, while Carey finished with 126 yards rushing.

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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