Oklahoma State football: Record 167 penalty yards kept Cowboys backpedaling

Arizona moved the ball with relative ease — and OSU did nothing but help the Wildcats in a 59-38 rout.
by Gina Mizell Published: September 9, 2012

Penalty: Offensive holding

Timing: Early second quarter

Field position: Pushed OSU back from the Arizona 46 to its own 19

New down and distance: Third and 16

Ultimate result: The foul negated a 25-yard pass from Lunt to Moore near midfield and instead put the Cowboys in third-and-long deep in their own territory. Lunt tried to force a ball into Isaiah Anderson that fell incomplete, and the Cowboys punted again. With the Wildcats moving the ball with relative ease, the OSU penalties made it tough to answer.

Penalty: Personal foul

Culprit: Shaun Lewis

Timing: Early second quarter

Field position: Pushed Arizona forward from its own 42 to the OSU 43

New down and distance: First and 10

Ultimate result: Lewis was flagged for leading with his helmet when Scott scrambled and slid. That put Arizona in Cowboy territory, and Bonano added a 24-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 16-14 lead they would never relinquish.

Penalty: Illegal procedure

Timing: Mid-second quarter

Field position: Pushed Arizona forward from its own 19 to its own 34

New down and distance: First and 10

Ultimate result: Sharp's punt should have pinned Arizona inside its own 20, but the OSU coverage team did not allow Morrison enough room to make a fair catch. The Wildcats went on a 10-play, 66-yard touchdown drive, finished off by a 1-yard score from Ka'Deem Carey to extend Arizona's advantage to 23-14.

Penalty: Personal foul

Culprit: Calvin Barnett

Timing: Early third quarter

Field position: Pushed Arizona forward from its own 37 to the OSU 48

New down and distance: First and 10

Ultimate result: Any halftime talks about penalties apparently did not sink in with Barnett, as he was called for a personal foul — his third — on the first play of the third quarter. That quickly propelled the Wildcats into OSU territory, and Arizona eventually capped off a 13-play drive that lasted more than five minutes with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Carey to push its lead to 30-14.

Penalty: Holding

Timing: Early fourth quarter

Field position: Pushed OSU back from its own 22 to its own 12

Ultimate result: The third special teams penalty of the night resulted in bad field position for the Cowboys following Lunt's pick-six that gave Arizona a 45-31 lead. OSU converted one first down but then punted in its last-ditch effort at a comeback attempt.

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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