Pokes working to avoid final-quarter letdowns
OSU fourth quarters: Got to have a big finish

by Berry Tramel Published: August 28, 2008
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Most memorable was the third-and-inches failure deep in A&M territory that could have blown open that game. A missed chip-shot field goal could have secured victory against Texas.

"Finish Texas, finish Texas A&M,” DeForest said. "Just finish games, then we're playing for the South championship against OU. We gotta learn how to finish. Our kids recognize that.”

The Cowboys weren't all bad in fourth quarters. They staged dramatic rallies to beat Kansas State 41-39 and Texas Tech 49-45.

But when it mattered most, the Cowboys withered team-wide. Texas gained 311 total yards in the fourth quarter against OSU, but the Cowboy offense managed just three first downs in the final 15 minutes even though it had four possessions.

Starting with Washington State this Saturday, OSU's fourth quarters must improve.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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Oklahoma State dominated Texas A&M, leading 20-10 after three quarters only to lose 24-23. Finishing games is high on the Cowboys' priority list this season. BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

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