(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: Oklahoma State 56, Houston 37
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Kendall Hunter ran for 210 yards and two scores and the Oklahoma State Cowboys kicked off a four-game homestand with a 56-37 victory over the Houston Cougars in non-conference action at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Keith Toston added 78 yards and two scores on the ground for OSU (2-0), which amassed 379 rushing yards as a team. Zac Robinson converted 14-of-21 pass attempts for 320 yards and three scores, although he was also intercepted twice. His main target was Dez Bryant, who snared nine balls for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Bryant capped his night with a fourth touchdown on a punt return, earning the praise of head coach Mike Gundy.
"Dez has continued to mature. He?s played more plays than he ever has before. He's showed more consistency in what he?s doing."
Case Keenum had a big game for Houston (1-1) in the loss, throwing for 387 yards and four scores and rushing for a team-high 81 yards on nine carries. Patrick Edwards pulled down eight balls for 106 yards, while Mark Hafner had the same amount of catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
OSU opened the game's scoring with a 58-yard touchdown run by Hunter less than two minutes into the first period.
Houston's Bryce Beall rumbled two yards for a score late in the first quarter, knotting the score at 7-7.
A 27-yard field goal by Ben Bell early in the second quarter gave the Cougars a 10-7 edge. Keenum then hit Hafner on a six-yard scoring strike, but the two- point conversion attempt failed and Houston led 16-7.
Late in the first half, the Cowboys made it a two point game, as Robinson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Bryant.
OSU regained the lead less than two minutes into the second half, when Toston scampered 28 yards to paydirt. Robinson then threw a pair of touchdown passes to Bryant to give the Cowboys a 35-16 lead. He first hit Bryant from 29 yards out and then from 74 yards away.
Houston made it a 35-23 game late in the third quarter behind a nine-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to Tyron Carrier.
With under a minute left in the third frame, OSU extended its lead courtesy of 10-yard touchdown run by Hunter.
The Cougars refused to give in and countered early in the fourth quarter behind a seven-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to L.J. Castile.
The Cowboys, however, responded with back-to-back touchdowns to take a commanding 56-30 lead late in the game. Toston first rumbled five yards for a score before Bryant returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.
Keenum threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyron Carrier late in contest, but the Cougars were still on the short end of a 56-37 final.
The Cowboys were able to overcome three turnovers by racking up 699 yards of total offense. It marked the second best total in school history, trailing the 717 yards set against Kansas in 1988.
09/07 01:25:27 ET