Oklahoma State offense rolls, comes up just short at OU
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, November 25, 2012
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NORMAN - Oklahoma State produced its largest point total in Bedlam history.
The result was a three-point loss, even though the Cowboys scored 48 more points than they did the last time they played at Oklahoma, a 27-0 defeat in 2009.
"All that really matters is whether you got the win or the loss," running back Joseph Randle said, "and we came up short."
OSU didn't trail until the final play, having built leads of 14 and 11 points. But when a touchdown was needed in overtime, the team couldn't find the end zone and had to settle for a field goal.
"It's tough anytime you don't score a touchdown in overtime," quarterback Clint Chelf said. "I have faith in our defense, so when we came off with three I thought our defense played well and I had faith in them.
"There was no disappointment other than not getting seven."
In his first road start, Chelf was efficient, rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries. A 38-yard run in the first quarter set up OSU's first touchdown and was the longest of his career.
Through the air, he accounted for 253 yards and a touchdown.
He produced the team's longest play from scrimmage this season, a 75-yard bomb to Josh Stewart to open the second half and give the Cowboys a 31-24 advantage.
"I thought he played well," coach Mike Gundy said. "This question came up during the week and I thought he handled the situation to the best of his abilities."
Randle scored four touchdowns but only twice broke runs of more than a dozen yards. He finished with 113 of OSU's 201 rushing yards.
"Overall, offensively I thought we played pretty well," Gundy said. "For the most part, I thought the run game was where we wanted it to be."
Every time OU put points on the board, the Cowboys answered, never allowing back-to-back scores.
Chelf converted third downs six times on OSU's scoring drives, but on third-and-6 in overtime, he overthrew Blake Jackson.
"There are going to be ups and downs throughout a game," Chelf said. "We were prepared for that.
"We tried to answer every time they did something. They just made one more play than us."
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Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin intercepts a pass intended for Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart. Stewart was defended by Julian Wilson. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
OSU's Joseph Randle celebrates one of the four touchdowns he scored against Oklahoma on Saturday. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World