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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Halftime: Oklahoma State 13, Colorado 3


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

After being blown out last week at Texas Tech, some wondered how Oklahoma State would respond after such a one-sided defeat that ended its Big 12 South title hopes.

But after watching them cruise to a 13-3 halftime lead against Colorado, there seems to be little hangover for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys' strong performance is showing that even being the fourth-best team in the South Division perhaps perhaps could qualify a team to be considered among the top 10 teams in the nation.

Zac Robinson has directed a Cowboy offense that cracked the Colorado 5-yard line on its first two possessions, but came away with only a pair of field goals.

"Our defense did a good job of turning them away when they got close," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins told ABC-TV as he left the field at halftime.

Dez Bryant's one-handed 29-yard TD grab boosted the Cowboys to a comfortable lead that really isn't indicative of how they have dominated.

Hawkins has implored his team to "play with their horns out." The Buffaloes have played well within the shadow of their own end zone so far. Colorado just needs to expand that area outwards in the second half.

Here are some other observations I've gleaned after watching the first half and the end of Missouri's victory over Iowa State.