7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2006
7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2006
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Reid threw a pair of first-quarter interceptions, and Oklahoma State faced an early deficit.
The Cowboys' defense gave him plenty of time to make up for that terrible start.
"I needed the ball," Reid said. "They kept giving me the ball."
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 rattled.
"He had a smile on his face and said, 'Coach, I'll get it," Gundy said.
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 said.
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 reception.
"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 Division I-AA.
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 back.
Hamilton ran for 73 yards on 17 carries.
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."