Reid back on the field
When Oklahoma State backup quarterback Bobby Reid
checked into the game with slightly more than 12 minutes left to play, it marked his first game action since Oct. 13 against Nebraska when all he did was take a knee to end the game. Reid, who was replaced as the starter by Zac Robinson
in the team's third game, checked in when Robinson injured his right shoulder after being slammed to the ground.
Reid finished the game for the Cowboys but completed only one of three passes for minus-one yard and rushed one time for one yard. By the time Reid entered the game, however, the 49-17 outcome was well in hand.
Before Nebraska, Reid's last significant game action came the previous week against Texas A&M when he played the last two series after Robinson sustained a concussion.
"I thought he did a nice job,” said offensive coordinator Larry Fedora
. "In the situation he was in, a couple passes we called he got a lot of pressure. I thought he did a good job.”
•Rushing defense disappears:
Oklahoma State's Achilles' heel all season has been defending the pass. The Cowboys entered Saturday's game against Oklahoma giving up 303 passing yards per game, ranking 118th in the country.
But OU exploited the Cowboys' rush defense, piling up an opponent season-high tying 307 yards on the ground. The Cowboys entered the game giving up just 139.9 rushing yards, good for 49th in the country.
Before Saturday night's game, the Cowboys had allowed 200 rushing yards or more only twice this season. Sooners running back Allen Patrick
finished with 202 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. The Cowboys also gave up 307 rushing yards to Texas on Nov. 3 when Jamaal Charles
180 yards and three touchdowns.
"They came out and ran the football,” said defensive coordinator Tim Beckman
. "We loaded the box and they still were (effective). Somebody's got to beat somebody. And we didn't beat anybody.”
The Cowboys finished with a season-low 104 passing yards. Their previous low was 181 against Kansas State on Oct. 20. Robinson completed just eight of 20 passes.
"I don't think they really took it away, we just didn't really make very many plays,” Robinson said. "We had guys in position to make plays and we didn't do it. They covered pretty well, but it was all on us.”
The Cowboys' 299 total yards nearly set a season low as well, narrowly eclipsing the season-opening total of 266 total yards against Georgia.