Big 12: Keola Antolin

Second-half bad news for OSU defense

September, 8, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State's defense lost a key starter and gave up a touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Not the kind of start it needed to put away Arizona, who trails, 21-7.

Linebacker Alex Elkins suffered what looked like a left knee injury, and after being attended to for several minutes, was helped off the field.

That's a big loss for a young Oklahoma State linebacking corps, and Elkins already had a handful of tackles and a big hit so far in his night.

Arizona's drive was highlighted by a bit of razzle dazzle when the Wildcats caught the Cowboys on a well-executed hook-and-ladder from David Douglas to Keola Antolin to reach OSU territory.

Oklahoma State's offense has been stopped on four consecutive drives, and it needs to rediscover the momentum it had earlier in the game, or Arizona may sneak back into this game.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State's offense has gotten plenty of attention tonight, and it's well-deserved.

Brandon Weeden is 22-of-23 and the Cowboys lead 21-0 late in the second quarter.

But don't forget the other side of the ball, which has been very impressive, too.

Sure, Arizona is missing one of the nation's best receivers in Juron Criner, but Nick Foles has completed 14 of 18 passes and Arizona is still hanging a zero on the scoreboard.

That's thanks to a fourth-down stop near the goal line on Arizona's last possession, courtesy of a pass breakup by Daytawion Lowe, who is stepping in for ineligible starter Johnny Thomas.

Arizona running back Keola Antolin has just 12 yards on seven carries, and daylight near the line of scrimmage has been at a premium.

OSU's offense will get plenty of credit if this ends up a runaway win, but the defense deserves a good bit as well.

Arizona has just six first downs to Oklahoma State's 12, and the Wildcats have established some momentum on a couple drives so far.

Each time, though, the Cowboys have held before it cost them points.