COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Mike Gundy and Brandon Weeden said the Oklahoma State football team did not act like a group that was down 17 points when it met in the locker room at halftime against Texas A&M.
It didn't act like a team that could not sustain any offensive consistency and at one point faced a third-and-43 situation. Or one that had allowed the Aggies to rack up 301 yards in the first 30 minutes.
The Cowboys talked about that they had been here before — against A&M a year ago. They talked about execution and limiting penalties.
“I went around to each one of them and gave them my opinion of what happened, and they agreed,” Gundy said. “We talked about adversity. Your true colors are going to show when bad things happen.”
But on the first drive of the second half, they turned that talk into action.
When Jeremy Smith shot 13 yards up the middle of the Aggie defense and into the end zone, it started an offensive outburst that propelled the No. 7 Cowboys to a 30-29 victory against the No. 8 Aggies on Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field.
“Once we did go down and punch it in, you could just feel the difference on the sideline,” Weeden said. “We got some momentum. We got some spark back, got our jazz level up a little bit. That was huge.
“The first possession of the second half was the biggest possession, I felt like, of the entire game.”
The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) outscored Texas A&M 21-0 in the third quarter to seize the lead for good and capture its fourth consecutive win over the Aggies.
That first drive set the tone.
The Cowboys were their up-tempo selves, covering 80 yards in just 2:36. Weeden completed five passes to three different receivers, highlighted by a nifty 28-yard catch and run down the sideline by Josh Stewart. Joseph Randle and Smith both made an impact on the ground.
“We called it,” Randle said. “We felt like we were going to go out and make a play and score. It went just like we planned it. Great players made plays. Weeden was amazing, and our offensive line fought through a lot of adversity and they made plays.”
Once that first touchdown was on the board, the Cowboys kept rolling.