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Pokes making habit of winning close games

STILLWATER (AP)  Oklahoma State is making a habit of this.

The Cowboys won another tight one Saturday, beating Iowa State 49-42. It was the third game Oklahoma State won this season decided by one possession  eight points or less.

The Cowboys (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) have gone 7-0 in such contests, dating to their loss to Central Michigan early last season.

Including that game  in which they lost on a final play that was mistakenly awarded by officials  they are 14-1 in their last 15 outings decided by less than 10 points, going back to 2014.

On Saturday, Oklahoma State overcame a 42-35 deficit in the final six minutes, with Rudolph connecting with Dillon Stoner on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 3:47 remaining.

Cornerback A.J. Green cemented the victory with an interception in the end zone with 32 seconds to go.

"I've had a lot of practice at it, getting pretty good at it," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "Word on the street is, if you want to see a hell of a game and have a lot of excitement, just come to an Oklahoma State game."

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