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

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State set a school record for penalty yardage in its 59-38 loss to Arizona, getting flagged 15 times for 167 yards Saturday night in Tucson.

And since none were minor infractions, those fouls significantly impacted the game. They flipped field position. They halted OSU drives deep in Cowboy territory. They pushed Arizona closer to the end zone.

Here's a breakdown of the most costly penalties for the Cowboys:

Penalty: Personal foul x 2

Culprit: Calvin Barnett

Timing: Mid-first quarter

Field position: Pushed Arizona forward from its own 40 to the OSU 30

New down and distance: First and 10

Ultimate result: One of the most crucial moments of the night came when Barnett, on the same play, was called for roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness after the whistle. The Wildcats eventually took those free 30 yards and turned them into a momentum-swinging touchdown when Matt Scott found Richard Morrison on a 15-yard fade route to the end zone. That score cut OSU's lead to 14-7 and was the start of 30 consecutive points scored by the Wildcats.

Penalty: Personal foul

Culprit: Brodrick Brown

Timing: Late first quarter

Field position: Pushed Arizona forward from the OSU 22 to the OSU 11

New down and distance: First and 10

Ultimate result: Brown was called for a hit out of bounds after a catch by receiver Dan Buckner. That moved the Wildcats inside the red zone on a drive capped by a John Bonano 25-yard field goal to cut OSU's lead to 14-10.

Penalty: Offensive holding

Timing: Late first quarter

Field position: Pushed OSU back from its own 17 to its own 8

New down and distance: Second and 13

Ultimate result: That flag, combined with an illegal block in the back on the kickoff before this possession, put Lunt in the first stressful situation of his college career. The drive stalled inside the OSU 10, and Quinn Sharp punted for the first time of the night.

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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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