As the month of November comes to an end, it’s time to reheat those Thanksgiving leftovers and soak in one last weekend of football. Believe it or not, the Big 12 championship game had two spots up for grabs heading into the final week.
On Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted the BYU Cougars. This was an important game for the Cowboys as they looked to clinch a spot in the conference championship. As for BYU, they had a chance to play spoiler in Stillwater and become bowl eligible.
It was a cold and rainy day in Stillwater as both teams had to battle the elements. What we saw was one crazy finish as Oklahoma State won 40-34 in double overtime. Here are my three thoughts on the game.
BYU Fell Flat in the Second Half
After a terrific start to the game, BYU looked like a shell of themselves in the second half. The Cougars had just about everything go their way in the first two quarters of the game. BYU scored a touchdown late in the first quarter to go up 7-6 and then got a pick six on the following drive to go up 14-6 in the blink of an eye. By the time halftime rolled around, BYU found themselves up 24-6 and looked like they were going to win this game with ease.
But that didn’t happen because there was still a lot of football left to be played. The Cougars got outscored 21-3 in the second half and were fortunate enough to kick a field goal as time expired in regulation to send this one into overtime. The Cougars were able to score in the first overtime to keep the game going but ended up turning the ball over in the second overtime to lose the game. If not for a bad second half, this team would have won the game and became bowl eligible.
The Historic Comeback
When I watched the first two quarters, it looked like Oklahoma State didn’t want any part of this game. They looked completely lifeless and had no energy out there. In fact, it looked exactly like what I saw in their game against UCF where they got blown out. When they were down 24-6 at halftime, I figured that they were done. But boy was I wrong.
I don’t know what happened at halftime, but Oklahoma State needed that in the first half. The Cowboys made the comeback of a lifetime as they scored 21 points in the final two quarters. With just 53 seconds left in the game, Ollie Gordon scored a touchdown to put his team up 27-24. And if not for a blocked extra point, this game wouldn’t have gone to overtime.
Speaking of Ollie Gordon, he put the offense on his back as usual. He finished the game with 166 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Just look at this effort on his touchdown in double overtime to give his team the lead.
Thankfully for him, Oklahoma State’s defense was able to get the game winning turnover to end it. This win ended up being the third largest comeback in Oklahoma State history.
Hello, Jerry World
Back in September everyone was ready to write off this Oklahoma State team. They stumbled in the month of September as they finished with a 2-2 record in the first four games. With losses to South Alabama and Iowa State, nobody gave this team a chance.
It turns out that this team didn’t care about what the outside world thought of them. After their bye week, they went on to beat Kansas State and shocked the world. Since their magical bye week, this team has won seven out of their last eight games. In those seven wins, they also beat in-state rival Oklahoma.
With their win over BYU on Saturday, Oklahoma State punched their ticket to the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium where they will take on Texas. It certainly wasn’t any easy path to get here, but at least they found a way to get the job done. Just when you count a coach like Mike Gundy out, that is when he is at his best. Congratulations Oklahoma State and see you in Jerry World next weekend.