Time and time again Oklahoma State was close to getting the momentum, and taking the control from Baylor.
But on defense the Cowboys gave up big plays at the wrong times, and on offense critical turnovers ended potential game winning drives.
“I’m not going to try, and hide it,” Mike Gundy, OSU head football coach, said. “You can tell by looking at me. I told the team the same thing. You have to learn to take care of the ball, and you have to quit giving up so many big plays on defense. It’s a pretty easy press conference for me. I hate it because if you take those six or eight crucial mistakes out we probably played well enough to win the game. Unfortunately those count.”
“It hurts, but I can’t do anything about it, Ramone Richards, OSU cornerback, said. “But it was also, like I said, a game that Baylor had in their hands. They took it. All we can do is learn from it, and begin to prepare tomorrow. Just to keep our foot on the pedal. We can’t give up the big plays. We have to do better in the run game and the pass game just as a defense period. On the offense, I don’t really have to say anything about them that’s their side of the ball, but as a defense their’s many things we can improve on.”
The loss ends OSU’s six game winning streak in true road games in true road games.
Their last loss on this field at McLane Stadium in Waco back in 2014.
It was a memorable night for several reasons for OSU running back Justice Hill here inside McLane Stadium.
He makes his first career start, scores his first career rushing touchdown and runs for a career high 122 yards in just his fourth college game.
On the other side of things he had two costly turnovers.
Including a fumble inside the Baylor five that led to a clinching touchdown for the Bears, but OSU says this is a building moment for the freshman and something he can learn from going forward.
“Turnovers are not acceptable, Mike Yurcich, OSU offensive coordinator, said. “He knows that. We coach that. He’s a very talented young back who needs to build on some momentum. Use this as a learning experience, and get over that and work on it in practice. He’s a very mature young man. He is a heck of a talent. We just have to keep on getting better.”
“I just told him he played great, Mason Rudolph, OSU quarterback, said. “I told him he put us in a position to win. With out him, and that long run who knows if we continue the drive. He’s a young guy. He’s got a ton of potential. He’s not going to let this keep them down for a second. He’s going to continue to improve, and perform at a high level.”
Due to Mike Gundy’s media policy concerning freshman we weren’t able to speak with Hill after the game, but you can tell all the Cowboys are very supportive of the youngster from Tulsa going forward.