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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.


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