OSU Homecoming was all about fun
STILLWATER Traditionally, teams pick an opponent they know they can beat for homecoming to send all the local fans home happy and to provide the fans with some fun.
But even after two lackluster performances in their previous two games, nobody was dare taking the Baylor Bears for granted when they arrived in Stillwater for the annual homecoming festivities.
The Oklahoma State team we had all expected to see was not what we had been served in the TCU and Texas Tech games.
And after Matt Rhule's Baylor squad had solid offensive showings against the likes of Oklahoma and Kansas State, it became en vogue to call this game a potential "trap".
Perhaps it was a bear trap, because Baylor was the only team that was caught up in it. The OSU offense returned to its previous world-beating form, providing the sellout crowd with plenty of fun.
However, it sure didn't start that way.The Bears gained 53 of their 71 yards on their first drive on the ground, gashing the Oklahoma State defense with runs on the inside.
Through their first five games, the Cowboys' defense had only given up 13 first-half points total, however, the Pokes were on pace to give that up in the first quarter.
"We were not tightening up on the C-gap," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "They were sliding, like on a cutback. We made a couple of adjustments inside and tightened up to fit the C-gap. They got us a couple of times in the second half, but for the most part, we did a good job tightening that and taking away the cutback."
Once the defense made adjustments, the Bears rushed for 40 yards the rest of the first half.
The OSU offense, which had struggled on its first couple of drives, eventually put together a solid drive and tied the game with a 38-yard touchdown reception by Marcell Ateman.
With the score tied at 7 after one quarter, it was time for the Pokes to separate themselves.What happened next was the most prolific offensive performance in the history of a school who has made a living on prolific offense.
More impressive than the 59-16 final score and more impressive than the 4.7 yards per offensive play the Baylor offense was limited to, was the 747 yards racked up by the Cowboys offense.
This was the Cowboys team we had expected to see, the team that could name the score. This was the team that earned the constant plaudits of the media during the offseason. The scary part for the rest of the Big 12? The architect of the performance believes the offense can be even better.
"We can always improve," offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. "We can improve on turnovers, we can improve Ö I'm sure not every play was blocked perfectly, not every play was read perfectly, not every route was run perfectly. That's the best part about this game. You can take a game like today and yes, you can talk about whatever the yardage was, but there's always something to improve upon."