"We just didn't finish," TCU center James Fry said. "Two weeks in a row for our offense. We have to do better for the remainder of the season. I don't want to admit it, but we quit. Coach Patterson mentioned we quit, and it kind of felt like we did. I don't know if we were just shocked that they came back or we just don't know how to dig ourselves out from being in a corner. We just didn't fight back."
Boykin limped off the field after being hit while throwing an interception with 1:26 remaining. Matt Brown finished the game at quarterback for the Horned Frogs. Asked if Boykin was OK, Patterson said, "I have no idea."
The Cowboys — who entered the game leading the FBS in total offense — didn't record a first down until the 3:03 mark of the first quarter and had three first-half drives stall inside the TCU 20. Lunt's first pass was thrown slightly behind Stewart, and the football bounced off the receiver's hands to TCU safety Elisha Olabode, who returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.
A 46-yard run by TCU's B.J. Catalon — on which he broke two tackles — set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Boykin to LaDarius Brown, putting the Horned Frogs up 14-0 with 3:22 left in the first quarter.
Sharp hit field goals of 22, 24 and 30 yards before halftime for the Cowboys. The last one came after a holding call wiped out a 30-yard touchdown pass on a trick play, as Lunt lateraled to Randle, who hit Blake Jackson in the end zone.
The Cowboys took their first lead, 16-14, midway through the third quarter, with Jeremy Smith plunging in from the 1-yard line on fourth down. TCU almost answered, but Jaden Oberkrom banged a 33-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright. He earlier had missed a 52-yard attempt.
"We had our chances and we were in the ball game, but we couldn't do much with it in the second half, except for that one drive," Patterson said. "We missed two field goals while they took care of their opportunities. We only scored one (offensive) touchdown and that's not good enough to win in the Big 12."
Lunt capped the next series with a 20-yard TD pass to Charlie Moore. Sharp's 32-yard field goal after the next drive extended Oklahoma State's lead to 26-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas sealed the win for Oklahoma State on a bizarre play. Nicholas knocked the ball loose from Boykin just as the quarterback's arm was starting forward. Players on the field stopped, thinking it was an incomplete pass, but no whistle blew, and Nicholas ran to the ball, picked it up and returned it before being tackled.
Sharp's 27-yard field goal with 2:32 left allowed him to match the single-game school record, set by Larry Roach against Missouri in 1982.