Nov 26, 2022; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown, left, and Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy talk before a college football game between Oklahoma State and West Virginia at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.   Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia runs to 24-19 win at Oklahoma State

Jaylen Anderson rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead West Virginia to a 24-19 win over Oklahoma State in Saturday’s Big 12 regular season finale in Stillwater, Okla.

The Mountaineers (5-7, 3-6) rushed for 250 yards as a team, with Garrett Greene adding a rushing touchdown.

Ollie Gordon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for the Cowboys (7-5, 4-5), who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Oklahoma State played without starting quarterback Spencer Sanders due to a shoulder injury.

West Virginia took a 24-19 lead with 5:59 remaining on a 34-yard field goal by Casey Legg.

The Cowboys then drove to the West Virginia 28 but couldn’t convert on a fourth-and-3 and the Mountaineers took over on downs.

Oklahoma State forced a punt and had one more shot starting at its own 46-yard line. Four straight incompletions by Garret Rangel gave the ball back to West Virginia to end the game.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, West Virginia went 80 yards in six plays on the first drive of the second half and took a 14-10 lead on a 54-yard run by Anderson with 12:45 left in the third quarter.

Anderson then scored from 57 yards out with 9:53 left in the third to give the Mountaineers a 21-10 lead.

OK State made it 21-13 on a 38-yard field goal by Tanner Brown with 5:59 left in the third, and then cut the WVU lead to 21-19 with 24 seconds left in the third on a 23-yard touchdown run by Gordon.

West Virginia opened the scoring, taking a 7-0 lead with 7:11 remaining in the first quarter on Greene’s 36-yard touchdown run.

Oklahoma State answered, tying the game on the first play of the second quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Brennan Presley before taking a 10-7 lead with 14 seconds left until halftime on a 22-yard field goal by Brown.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners running back Jovantae Barnes (2) runs the ball against Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Jason Taylor II (25)  in the second quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

Fast start propels Oklahoma to win over No. 22 Oklahoma State

Dillon Gabriel threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Oklahoma to a 28-13 win over No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners jumped out to a big lead early, with four first-quarter touchdowns, to reach bowl eligibility for the 24th consecutive season.

Oklahoma’s active bowl streak is the second longest in college football, behind only Georgia.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Sooners (6-5, 3-5 Big 12).

The Cowboys (7-4, 4-4) have dropped three of their last four games.

Oklahoma needed less than 90 seconds to get on the board, with a quick 75-yard touchdown drive to start the game.

After a quick three-and-out by Oklahoma State, the Sooners once again quickly drove down the field, with Gabriel hitting Jalil Farooq for a 30-yard touchdown.

The Sooners’ defense also came up big in the fast start, intercepting Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders three times in the game’s first 20 minutes.

But only one of those interceptions — Jonah Laulu’s 26-yard return to the Oklahoma State 4 — turned into points.

The Sooners outgained the Cowboys 299-61 in the first quarter. It was the second-most yards in a quarter in Oklahoma history.

After that, things slowed considerably for the Sooners’ offense, as they had just 135 yards of offense in the final three quarters.

Gabriel didn’t complete a pass in the second half until less than nine minutes remained in the game.

Eric Gray narrowly missed what would’ve been his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 20 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Drake Stoops had six catches for 89 yards and a score.

Sanders finished 36 of 67 for 381 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions for the Cowboys. Brennan Presley had nine catches for 118 yards and Braydon Johnson notched seven catches for 109 yards.

Oklahoma State outgained the Sooners 484-434.

Oklahoma finished just 1 of 14 on third down.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State's Gunnar Gundy (12) warms up before the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman-USA TODAY NETWORK

Oklahoma St. takes over 4th quarter to topple Iowa St.

Quarterback Spencer Sanders came on late in the third after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy benched his son and helped the host Cowboys beat visiting Iowa State 20-14 on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) used an eight-play drive early in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. Sanders passed 14 yards to Jaden Nixon for the go-ahead touchdown with 9:18 remaining.

Sanders, who had been dealing with an injury, might have missed his second consecutive game, but he was summoned after Gunnar Gundy, who made his first career start, was removed.

Sanders finished 9-for-13 for 84 yards as the Cowboys won for just the second time in their last five games. Gundy went 5-for-12 for 103 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Quarterback Hunter Dekkers was 28-for-42 for 274 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Iowa State (4-6, 1-6), which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since a 3-0 start to the season.

After a fourth-down stop in Iowa State territory in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys tacked on Tanner Brown’s 40-yard field goal with 4:19 to play.

After both teams punted, the Cyclones reached the Oklahoma State 23 before a fourth-down sack sealed the outcome with less than 30 seconds to play.

Neither team had much of a ground attack; Iowa State finished with 59 rushing yards and Oklahoma State with 57.

Iowa State opened the second half with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, scoring on Jirehl Brock’s 1-yard run.

Oklahoma State opened the scoring on Brown’s 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.

A special teams play turned momentum when Iowa State’s Darien Porter blocked a punt. The Cyclones needed to go only 9 yards for a touchdown, with Dekkers hooking up with Sean Shaw Jr. on a 4-yard scoring play for a 7-3 lead.

The Cowboys had a quick response. Gundy’s pass to John Paul Richardson turned into an 83-yard touchdown on their second snap of the next possession.

Oklahoma State led 10-7 at halftime, with Iowa State limited to 116 yards of total offense. Jace Gilbert of the Cyclones missed on a 41-yard field-goal attempt in the last minute of the first half.

Oklahoma State had just six first downs in the opening half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Garret Rangel (13) throws a pass against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half of the game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas powers past Oklahoma State to clinch first bowl game since 2008

Devin Neal ran for 224 yards and a touchdown as Kansas rolled past visiting No.18 Oklahoma State 37-16 Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference game in Lawrence, Kansas.

Kansas quarterback Jason Bean passed for two scores and ran 73 yards for another.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Kansas and assured that the Jayhawks (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) would play in a bowl for the first time since 2008.

Neal also caught six passes for 110 yards. Bean was 18 of 23 passing for 203 yards.

The Cowboys (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) were without starting quarterback Spencer Sanders, who was ruled out with an injury hours before the game. Garret Rangel got his first career start and passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but also uncorked three interceptions in the loss.

Oklahoma State has dropped two straight games and three of its past four.

The Jayhawks scored first on Neal’s 31-yard touchdown run at the 11:21 mark of the opening quarter. Jacob Borcila kicked a 21-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter to expand the Kansas lead to 10-0.

Oklahoma State finally got on track early in the second quarter, moving 75 yards in 15 plays to Rangel’s 8-yard scoring pass to Stephon Johnson Jr. with 9:59 to play. But the Jayhawks immediately responded as Bean dashed through the defense for his long scoring run that sent Kansas to a 17-7 advantage with 9:10 to play in the quarter.

The Jayhawks weren’t done in the half, moving 87 yards in only seven plays to an 8-yard Bean-to-Lawrence Arnold touchdown pass 22 seconds before halftime to carry a 24-7 lead into intermission. Neal ran for 146 yards and a score before halftime.

Kansas built on its advantage with a touchdown drive on its opening possession of the third quarter which covered 75 yards, chewed up almost eight minutes and ended with Bean’s 8-yard scoring toss to Jared Casey.

Oklahoma State’s Tanner Brown booted a 35-yard FG that was later countered by a 20-yarder by Borcila. The Cowboys cut into their deficit with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Rangel to Jaden Nixon that was soon answered by Borcila’s third field goal.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Jason Taylor II (25) celebrates after an interception beside safety Sean Michael Flanagan (18) as Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Hayden Conner (76) walks away during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

Osu Vs Texas Football

No. 11 OK State rallies to beat No. 20 Texas in wild affair

Spencer Sanders threw for 391 yards and hit Bryson Green on the game-winning, 41-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 to play as 11th-ranked Oklahoma State came from behind to beat No. 20 Texas 41-34 on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference game in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) held the Longhorns to just three points after halftime in charging back from a two-touchdown deficit late in the second quarter. The Cowboys limited Texas to 172 yards in the second half.

Sanders was 34-for-57 passing with two touchdowns and an interception while also running for 43 yards. Green had five catches for 133 yards and Dominic Richardson racked up three rushing scores for Oklahoma State.

Visiting Texas committed 14 penalties for 119 yards while Oklahoma State was not assessed a penalty in the game.

The Cowboys rallied to tie the game at 34-34 on Sanders’ 10-yard TD pass to Brennan Presley with 9:54 to play. After the Longhorns’ Bert Auburn missed a 46-yard field goal with 4:57 left, Oklahoma State took charge at its own 28 and drove to the winning Sanders-to-Green TD throw.

Texas had a final chance, but Quinn Ewers was intercepted by Kendal Daniels at the Oklahoma State 11-yard line with eight seconds remaining.

Bijan Robinson ran for 140 yards on 24 carries and caught a 41-yard scoring pass for Texas (5-3, 3-2), which had a three-game win streak snapped. Ewers was just 19-for-49 passing for 319 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Oklahoma State scored first on a Tanner Brown 48-yard field goal, after which the Longhorns got a 42-yard touchdown run from Robinson. The Cowboys answered with Richardson’s 4-yard scoring run, but then Texas got an Ewers-to-Xavier Worthy 12-yard TD catch to retake the lead at 14-10 in a wild opening quarter.

Ewers threw to a wide-open Robinson for a 41-yard score to push the Texas lead to 21-10 before Richardson added his second scoring run of the game, this one from 1 yard, to bring the Cowboys within 21-17.

Auburn kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Longhorns with 8:04 to go in the second quarter. Roschon Johnson added to the Texas lead with a 52-yard touchdown run, but the Cowboys responded with a 2-yard TD rush by Richardson to bring Oklahoma State to within seven points at the break, 31-24.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) is tackled by  Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Jason Taylor II (25) during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Kendre Miller, No. 13 TCU down No. 8 Oklahoma State in 2OT thriller

Kendre Miller scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in double overtime to give No. 13 TCU a 43-40 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Miller rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and Max Duggan went 23-for-40 passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns for TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).

Spencer Sanders completed 16 of 36 passes for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1).

On the first possession of overtime, Duggan hit Quentin Johnston for a 25-yard touchdown pass that gave TCU a 37-30 lead.

Oklahoma State answered, tying the game at 37-37 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dominic Richardson, which came after Sanders hit Brayden Johnson for a 23-yard gain on fourth-and-9.

The Cowboys took a 40-37 lead on the first possession of the second overtime on a 52-yard field goal by Tanner Brown.

Trailing 30-16 in the fourth quarter, TCU closed to within 30-23 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Miller with 9:22 remaining in the game.

TCU later drove 94 yards in eight plays and tied the game at 30-30 with 1:57 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Jared Wiley.

Oklahoma State got off to a terrific start, taking a 14-0 lead following touchdown runs of 29 and 8 yards by Sanders in the first quarter.

TCU answered, cutting Oklahoma State’s lead to 14-7 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Duggan.

Following a 35-yard field by Brown with 13:32 left in the second quarter that gave Oklahoma State a 17-7 lead, the Cowboys went up 24-7 with 10:04 remaining in the second on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to John Paul Richardson.

The Horned Frogs made it 24-13 at halftime after consecutive field goals by Griffin Kell.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) throws the ball in the first quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

Osu Vs Texas Tech

Late surge lifts No. 7 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech

Spencer Sanders threw for a touchdown and rushed for two more as No. 7 Oklahoma State kept its perfect record intact by beating Texas Tech 41-31 in Stillwater, Okla.

Sanders completed 22 of 45 passes for 297 yards for the Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), and also rushed for 56 yards on 17 carries. Perhaps most importantly, Sanders did not turn the ball over. The Cowboys were also boosted by the consistent running of Dominic Richardson, who totaled 67 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Donovan Smith did not start at quarterback for Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2). Smith has a 4-4 record as a starter and had faced an AP Top 25 team in six of those games. Texas Tech told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that reports of Smith being injured were “100 percent inaccurate.” Smith wound up attempting one pass and lined up as a slot receiver.

Getting the start under center instead for the Red Raiders was Behren Morton. In his first career start, he completed 39 of 62 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Oklahoma State turned that interception — grabbed by linebacker Mason Cobb — into a third-quarter field goal.

Texas Tech led 31-23 in the third quarter, and then Oklahoma State scored the next 18 points.

That run began with a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Sanders, and then Sanders found Jaden Bray for a two-point conversion. Cobb’s pick set up a 24-yard field goal from Tanner Brown — his fourth of the day — and then Richardson’s touchdown run with 2:27 to play sealed the win for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State now has a three-game winning streak against the Red Raiders.

With No. 17 TCU topping No. 19 Kansas 38-31 on Saturday, the Big 12 will have a battle of unbeatens next weekend when the Cowboys meet the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma State beat TCU in Stillwater last season 63-17.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) runs for a first down against the Baylor Bears during the first quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Oklahoma State pits potent offense vs. Texas Tech

Seventh-ranked Oklahoma State will put its undefeated record on the line Saturday when it hosts Texas Tech at Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) started conference play last weekend, topping then-No. 16 Baylor on the road, 36-25. The second half began with a bang, as Cowboys freshman Jaden Nixon returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and a 23-3 lead.

Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1) is coming off a 37-28 loss at Kansas State. The score was 20-20 after three quarters, but the Red Raiders fell flat in the fourth quarter.

This will be the fifth straight week that the Red Raiders have faced a ranked opponent. Texas Tech beat then-No. 25 Houston 33-30 on Sept. 10, lost to then-No. 16 North Carolina State 27-14 on Sept. 17, topped then-No. 22 Texas 37-34 on Sept. 24 and then fell to No. 25 Kansas State.

The Cowboys are riding a streak of 17 consecutive weeks ranked inside the top 15 of the poll, a stretch that is tied for the longest in school history with streaks from 2016-17 and 2010-2011. During coach Mike Gundy’s tenure, Oklahoma State has been ranked as high as No. 2 (2011) and ranked at least one week in every season since 2008.

The key for Oklahoma State this season has been the steady and versatile play of senior quarterback Spencer Sanders, who is tied for the Big 12 lead in passing touchdowns with 11 through four games.

Sanders also has rushed for four scores and 185 yards on 41 carries — a 4.5-yard average – and he’s thrown just two interceptions. Sanders has commanded an offense that is fifth in the nation in scoring, putting up an average of 46.2 points per game.

“(Sanders) just keeps finding a way to win game,” Gundy said. “He has a competitive nature, and now he’s developed a calmness and a humbleness about him that is hard to replace.”

Sanders grew up in Denton, Texas, with Red Raiders linebacker Kosi Eldridge. The all-time series between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech is tied — each side with 23 wins — but since Sanders and Eldridge have been in college, the Cowboys have a 2-1 advantage.

“We’ve got to tie it up this weekend,” Eldridge said. “I think (Sanders’) ability to extend plays, his ability to run, makes him that much better. So if we can contain him — which we definitely can — I think we’re going to have a really good shot at making him one-dimensional.”

Texas Tech has a talented quarterback of its own in Donovan Smith. Like Sanders, the redshirt sophomore is a threat through the air and on the ground, as he has accounted for 15 total touchdowns this season.

Smith leads the Big 12 in completions, with 143 through five games. Against Kansas State, he had two passing touchdowns and one rushing but also threw a pair of interceptions. He has seven interceptions for the season.

“That kid wants to win and he’s a great kid, has got very high character,” Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire said. “I think he’s going to be a guy that plays on Sundays. You’ve just got to learn it now and find ways to get better. And we’ve got to find ways as a program to help him be better.”

–Field Level Media