MIAMI (AP) -- Julius Crosslin ran for two touchdowns after fumble
recoveries by linebacker Pagitte McGee, leading Oklahoma State to a
23-3 victory Thursday night over Florida Atlantic.
The Cowboys' defense forced Florida Atlantic quarterback Danny
Embick to twice commit costly fumbles deep in Owls territory in the
game at Dolphins Stadium.
Trailing 6-3 late in the second quarter, Embick was sacked by
defensive end Victor DeGrate and McGee recovered on the 5. Running
back Mike Hamilton and Crosslin made 2-yard gains before Crosslin
scored the Cowboys' first touchdown from the 1.
McGee made his second fumble recovery midway through the third
quarter after linebacker Jamar Ransom stripped the ball as he
sacked Embick at Florida Atlantic's 21.
Donovan Woods completed 5-yard passes to Bobby Reid and Tommy
Devereaux, and Hamilton made a 9-yard run to set up Crosslin's
2-yarder for his second touchdown.
Oklahoma State kicker Bruce Redden added his third field goal of
the game, a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter. Earlier, he made from
30 and 44 yards.
The Cowboys (2-0) had a season-opening 15-10 win over Montana
State. Florida Atlantic (0-2) is playing its first full Division
I-A schedule this season.
After throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's
30-19 loss to Kansas, Embick completed a pass to wide receiver
Frantz Simeon for an 18-yard gain following the opening kickoff.
But Oklahoma State scored twice on field goals by Redden. The
Cowboys put together three straight offensive drives after
recovering a fumble at Florida Atlantic's 19 line off a punt and
recovering a 17-yard onside kick on the Fighting Owls 48.
Trailing 6-0, Embick engineered a 68-yard drive on Florida
Atlantic's second possession, including a 14-yard run of his own,
to set up Daniel Kennard's 27-yard field goal 39 seconds into the
second quarter. That pulled the Fighting Owls within three points.
Oklahoma State receiver Luke Frazier was injured on the Cowboys'
first offensive play of the game. Frazier was hurt when he upended
Florida Atlantic safety Troy Pindell as teammate Hamilton ran for 3
Frazier remained on the ground for several minutes and was taken
off the field on a stretcher.