STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Baylor's mishaps gave Oklahoma State a
chance to go back to a bowl.
Keith Toston rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns and Oklahoma
State capitalized on six Baylor turnovers to cruise to a 66-24 win
Bobby Reid hit Brandon Pettigrew for two first-half touchdowns
as the Cowboys (6-4, 3-3 Big 12 Conference) qualified for their
fourth bowl in the last five seasons and their first under
second-year coach Mike Gundy.
"It was a good day for me and the team," Pettigrew said. "We
had a good week and practice and we felt good about our game plan
heading into today's game.
"It feels good to be bowl eligible," he added.
Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since beating
Southern Illinois 70-7 on Sept. 29, 1973, and the Cowboys' highest
ever for a conference game, besting the 63 points scored against
Baylor on Nov. 23, 2002.
Blake Szymanski passed for 262 yards for the Bears (4-7, 3-4),
but was intercepted three times and lost a fumble. The loss
eliminated Baylor from bowl consideration. The Bears have not been
to a bowl since 1994.
"We challenged our defense on Monday," Gundy said. "I
challenged our front guys to get pressure on the quarterback and
try to force him to hurry throws."
The Cowboys took control early, scoring 49 unanswered points to
take a 52-3 lead early in the third quarter. Five Oklahoma State
touchdowns came after Baylor turnovers.
Oklahoma State led 38-3 at halftime. On the second play of the
second half, defensive end Darnell Smith returned an interception
23 yards for a touchdown, and five plays later, free safety Donovan
Woods returned Dominique Zeigler's fumble 57 yards for another
touchdown for the Cowboys.
Reid started the rout, hitting Pettigrew over the middle on a
9-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that put the Cowboys
ahead 10-3. The play came after Oklahoma State's Paschal Smith
recovered Trent Shelton's fumbled punt return.
Toston's touchdown runs of 27 and 8 yards put the Cowboys ahead
31-3 in the second quarter. After Martel Van Zant intercepted
Szymanski at the Baylor 42, Reid again hit Pettigrew, this time for
a 13-yard score.
Dantrell Savage rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 13
carries for the Cowboys -- all in the first half. Reid finished
9-of-10 passing for 88 yards before being replaced by Zac Robinson
in the second half.
Szymanski led Baylor on three second-half scoring drives,
connecting for touchdowns with Trey Payne from 8 yards and David
Gettis from 11 yards to cut into the Cowboys' lead.
"We didn't show up again," Baylor linebacker Maurice Linquist
said. "It's frustrating. We had a lot of goals for this season and
realizing that everything we wanted to accomplish is over now."