(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: (11) Oklahoma State 30, Colorado 17
Boulder, CO (Sports Network) - Zac Robinson threw a 29-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant and ran for another, as 11th-ranked Oklahoma State slipped past Colorado, 30-17, at Folsom Field.
Kendall Hunter collected 102 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries while Robinson finished 15-of-23 passing for 217 yards with an interception but also ran for 61 yards on 15 rushes. Bryant hauled in four passes for 82 yards
Brandon Pettigrew made seven receptions for 75 yards for the Cowboys (9-2, 5-2 Big 12), who opened the season with seven consecutive victories but have since fell victim to a grueling conference schedule with a pair of defeats in two of the previous three weeks.
First came a four-point setback to then No. 1 Texas in Austin on October 25th and last weekend the Cowboys were trounced by No. 2 Texas Tech, 56-20.
While a trip to the national title game is out of reach at this point, the Cowboys are still very much alive in the race for an at-large bid to a BCS bowl and will close out their regular season at home against bitter rival Oklahoma on November 29th. OSU is idle next weekend.
"This was a big win for our team," said Robinson. "Obviously, we are unable to win a championship. Now we're focused on getting win number 10. Any time you play Bedlam, especially at home, it will be fun."
Cody Hawkins completed 19-of-37 pass attempts for 171 yards and a score while Demetrius Sumler gained 86 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown for Colorado.
Scotty McKnight had four catches for 51 yards and a TD for the Buffaloes (5-6, 2-5), who halted a two-game slide last weekend with a 28-24 triumph over Iowa State. The Buffs still need one more victory to earn bowl eligibility and close out the season in Lincoln against Nebraska, November 28. Colorado is idle next weekend.
"I'm really glad we have this bye week coming up," said Hawkins. "It helps us a lot because we are such a young team. We can really work on getting every little detail right rather than being in some situation where only the veterans know what to do."
OSU got a pair of Dan Bailey field goals from 18 and 25 yards, respectively, on its first two possessions for a 6-0 lead after one quarter.
Aric Goodman missed from 50 yards on the Buffs' next series and the Cowboys responded with their first touchdown drive. Hunter's 26-yard run gained Colorado territory and three plays later a 29-yard strike to Bryant on 3rd- and-9 gave OSU a 13-0 lead just about midway through the second.
Colorado put together a 10-play, 70-yard drive on its next possession but had to settle for a 31-yard boot from Goodman when two tries from the OSU 14 were unsuccessful, leaving the score 13-3 at the half.
The Cowboys opened the second half with a quick 80-yard scoring drive, buoyed by two big plays, pushing the advantage to 20-3. Robinson connected with Damian Davis for 30 yards to move into Buffs' territory and on the next play Hunter ripped off a 43-yard score.
The Buffs got things going later in the frame, as Hawkins capped a 55-yard drive with a 28-yard TD strike to McKnight with just under five minutes left in the third.
OSU had an answer, though, and used nearly four minutes to move 80 yards in eight plays with Robinson rifling completions of nine, 14, 17 and then 19 yards to gain the Colorado 22. Two plays later, Robinson took it in himself for a 12-yard score and the Cowboys carried a 27-10 lead into the fourth.
The Buffs were forced to punt in the opening moments of the quarter but Robinson was picked off on the next play from scrimmage and Colorado needed five plays to move 16 yards, with Sumler's three-yard score making it a 27-17 game just 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth.
OSU was forced to punt but the Buffs quickly produced a three-and-out and Bailey was true from 21 yards on the ensuing series to move the Cowboys in front, 30-17, with 4:37 left to play.
Colorado had two more turns with the pigskin, but couldn't sustain a scoring drive.
Colorado holds a 26-18-1 all-time series lead over Oklahoma State, as the teams squared off for the first time since 2005...OSU had 443 total yards of offense compared with Colorado's 304...The Buffs were just 3-of-15 on third down conversions.
11/16 03:06:45 ET