WACO, Texas — The Cowboy defense found themselves with their backs against the wall again early in the fourth quarter as Baylor moved the ball down the field. The Bears went for it on fourth-and-1 from the OSU 5-yard line, and the Cowboy defensive line was able to prevent a successful quarterback sneak to force a turnover on downs.
The problem the Pokes had all game was slowing down the Baylor offense. OSU didn't force Baylor to punt until there were nine minutes left in the contest, with the Cowboys trailing 34-20.
“We couldn’t get off the field,” said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young, whose defense allowed Baylor to convert 9 of 17 third-down chances. “There were several opportunities in third-and-long, third-and-medium and we didn’t get off.”
Any chance for a late Cowboy rally was slowed when Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk ripped off a 76-yard touchdown with five minutes to play after OSU had cut it to a one-touchdown game on a 4-yard Walsh touchdown run. The run put the Bears over the 200-yard plateau for the third straight game and their second 300-plus-yard game in the past three games.
“We were just giving up too many yards on first down. We knew going into the game that they were the type of team that was very explosive,” Young said. “You can’t give them second-and-2. You’re in second-and-2 you make it hard to get them off the field.”
The Pokes put together a quick scoring drive with Chelf finding David Glidden for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 41-34 with 1:16 left on the clock. The Cowboys had a chance to recover the onside kick attempt, but Baylor came out of the pile with the ball and the win.
The loss gave OSU its first losing streak since the Cowboys lost back-to-back games to end the 2009 season — a loss at Oklahoma, and loss to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl. After seeing improvement in road games over the past few years, the Cowboys ended the year with a 1-4 road record — the only win being over Kansas.