12:30 PM ET, November 11, 2006
Boone Pickens Stadium, STILLWATER, OK
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 on Saturday.
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."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-9||5-10|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|FG||9:50||BRUCE REDDEN 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yards.
|FG||5:14||RYAN HAVENS 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||2:02||BRANDON PETTIGREW 9 YD PASS FROM BOBBY REID (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 9 yards.
|TD||8:16||DANTRELL SAVAGE 3 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||6:17||KEITH TOSTON 27 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||1:27||KEITH TOSTON 8 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||0:17||BRANDON PETTIGREW 13 YD PASS FROM BOBBY REID (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||14:00||DARNELL SMITH 23 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)||3||45|
|TD||11:49||DONOVAN WOODS 57 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)||3||52|
|TD||7:49||TREY PAYNE 8 YD PASS FROM BLAKE SZYMANSKI (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||14:57||JOHN JOHNSON 1 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||11:15||DAVID GETTIS 11 YD PASS FROM BLAKE SZYMANSKI (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:45||ZAC ROBINSON 2 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||5:42||PAUL MOSLEY 8 YD RUN (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 59 yards.