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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Cowboys making key stops early to lead

By David Ubben

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Baylor's first two drives have built some momentum, but big plays by Oklahoma State on defense have shut them down, and the Cowboys have capitalized, taking a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State linebacker Orie Lemon nearly intercepted a third-down pass that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III had to force because of pressure in the pocket.

On the next drive, cornerback Brodrick Brown stripped Baylor's Josh Gordon on a hitch play near the sideline.

Both of these teams obviously have high-powered offenses, but when you get those opportunities -- either a chance for a turnover or a difficult third-and-long -- the defenses will have to take advantage.

Neither will get many stops otherwise.

So far, the team that's done that is Oklahoma State.