STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State had a new quarterback,
but the Cowboys still relied on their defense for another close
Bobby Reid threw a touchdown pass in his first career start and
Oklahoma State's defense stymied Arkansas State's late scoring
threats for a 20-10 victory Saturday night.
Julius Crosslin scored from the 1 to put Oklahoma State (3-0)
ahead by 10, and Calvin Mickens intercepted Nick Noce's pass in the
end zone in the fourth quarter to squash any hopes of a comeback.
"Our defense again in the second half rose to the occasion,"
said Cowboys first-year coach Mike Gundy, who has watched his team
struggle to score points against three opponents from smaller
Antonio Warren rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries to lead
Arkansas State (1-2) in a sloppy game that featured 28 penalties
and six turnovers.
Arkansas State outgained Oklahoma State 322 yards to 273 yards
but had trouble converting inside the 20.
Leading 13-7, the Cowboys' defense held the Indians to a field
goal on a fourth-quarter possession that began at the Oklahoma
State 4 after Reid's fumble.
Oklahoma State drove 49 yards on the ensuing possession, capped
by Crosslin's 1-yard run that made it 20-10.
"We had a couple of chances," Arkansas State coach Steve
Roberts said. "We had people open and didn't hit them, drops,
didn't make the right cut, several things. Obviously you have to
give them a lot of credit."
Reid, a redshirt freshman who had been splitting time with
sophomore Donovan Woods, was 8-of-21 passing for 148 yards. His
41-yard TD lob to Woods' brother, D'Juan Woods, made it 7-7 in the
Donovan Woods played free safety, tackling Warren for a 2-yard
loss at the Cowboys' 14 in the fourth quarter. D'Juan Woods was
frequently wide open behind the Indians' defense and caught four
passes for 108 yards.
"It feels good anytime you win, but we did not win like we
wanted to," said Cowboys tailback Mike Hamilton. "I feel that the
offense should have been more productive, but the defense put in a
good effort to help us win the game."
Oklahoma State capitalized on two Indians' fumbles for field
goals and led 13-7 at halftime.
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