LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Reid threw a pair of
first-quarter interceptions, and Oklahoma State faced an early
The Cowboys' defense gave him plenty of time to make up for that
"I needed the ball," Reid said. "They kept giving me the
Reid threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Oklahoma
State's defense forced three turnovers in a 35-7 win over Arkansas
State on Saturday.
Reid's first interception put the Cowboys (2-0) in an immediate
hole -- Khayyam Burns ran it back 51 yards for a touchdown to make
it 7-0. Later in the first quarter, Koby McKinnon intercepted Reid
at the Arkansas State 12.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said his quarterback wasn't
"He had a smile on his face and said, 'Coach, I'll get it,"
Reid had an easy time rallying the Cowboys -- because their
defense didn't let Arkansas State increase its lead. The Indians
(1-1) turned the ball over twice in the first half and again at the
start of the third quarter.
Reid threw four touchdown passes in Oklahoma State's opener last
week, a 52-10 win over Missouri State. He hurt Arkansas State with
his legs in the first half, repeatedly rolling out off play-action
to either run or throw a short pass.
"Coach has been stressing I need to run the ball more," Reid
Reid tied the game early in the second quarter when he kept the
ball himself on an option for a 13-yard scoring run. That touchdown
was set up by a big play on special teams. Freshman Perrish Cox,
who ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown last week, caught
an Arkansas State quick kick and returned it 49 yards. After an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Indians, Oklahoma State took
over at the 23.
"Anytime he touches the ball, it's been a good thing," Gundy
said of Cox.
Oklahoma State went ahead 14-7 on Mike Hamilton's 7-yard run
with 3:03 remaining in the second quarter, and the Cowboys scored
again early in the third. Victor DeGrate sacked Hewitt with a
blind-side hit, forcing a fumble. Ryan McBean recovered for
Oklahoma State at the Arkansas State 7, and Reid found sophomore
Jeremiah Burton for a 4-yard scoring pass -- Burton's first career
"They have a heck of a defense," Indians coach Steve Roberts
said. "We would have some positive plays and then they'd create a
negative play. It was just something that we couldn't get out of."
Arkansas State's Reggie Arnold was held to 51 yards rushing
after running for 140 in the Indians' season opener. Arkansas State
gained only 188 yards on offense.
The Indians were coming off a 14-6 win over Army to start the
season. They haven't started 2-0 since 1986, when they played in
Reid finished 11-of-18 for 167 yards and also ran for 45 yards.
He threw one more interception in the fourth quarter, but by that
time Arkansas State trailed 28-7 and was showing no signs of coming
Arkansas State tied for the Sun Belt Conference title last year
and went to the New Orleans Bowl, but the Indians haven't beaten a
major conference team in recent memory. They fell to 0-14 against
current Big 12 schools.
Oklahoma State has won 13 straight nonconference regular-season
games since a loss to UCLA in 2002.
Reid threw a 5-yard pass to D'Juan Woods in the game's final
seconds, giving Woods a catch in 23 consecutive games. The Cowboys
then took a knee to run out the clock.
The game was played at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium before
an announced crowd of 23,816. Arkansas State plays most of its home
games in Jonesboro and went undefeated there last season.
"We had some momentum early in the ballgame," Roberts said.
"Unable to capitalize on it."