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Special Teams Plays Lead Way in Cowboys Win Over #17 Boise State

Oklahoma State's football team got two blocked punts and a balanced offense to beat #17  Boise State 44-21 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

Both teams had to punt on their first possession, then Boise State drove into Cowboy territory before OSU's defense finally stopped the Broncos.

Haden Hoggarth missed a 27-yard field goal attempt, as it deflected off the left upright and the game stayed scoreless.

Oklahoma State had to punt on their next posssession and the first quarter ended with Boise State having moved into Cowboys territory.

The Broncos capped the drive by scoring early in the second quarter, with Brett Rypien throwing deep down the left sideline and John Hightower making a diving catch in the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown to put BSU up 7-0 with 14:20 to play in the first quarter.

OSU responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive, the big play a 43-yard pass from Taylor Cornelius to  Tylan Wallace.

Justice Hill scored from eight yards out on the next play to tie the game 7-7 with 12:08 to play in the first half.

Hill had 123 yards rushing on 15 carries.

OSU's defense forced a Boise State punt and the Cowboys blocked it, with Amen Ogbongbemiga swarming Quinn Skillin's punt and the Cowboys recovering at the Broncos' 11-yard line.

Three plays later, Cornelius scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give OSU their first lead, 14-7, with 8:43 to play in the second quarter.

Boise State gave up the ball on downs on their next possession, and the Cowboys used several runs by Cornelius, and a 35-yard pass to Tyron Johnson to set up a 22-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola to extend the lead to 17-7 OSU with 2:12 to play in the first half.

The Cowboys got a field goal on their opening possession of the second half, with Ammendola hitting from 48 yards out to make it 20-7 OSU with 13:03 to play in the third quarter.

Boise State finally ended their offensive drought with Rypien throwing down the left sideline to A.J. Richardson, who made a tremendous one handed catch for a 34-yard touchdown, and the Broncos trailed 20-14 with 9:18 to play in the third quarter.

OSU extended the lead back to 13 when Cornelius zipped a pass over the middle to Dillon Stoner, who sprinted across the field and dived into the end zone in the left front corner for a 32-yard touchdown to make it 27-14 Cowboys with 6:40 to play in the third quarter.

OSU's special teams made the next big play, as Jarrick Bernard blocked Skillin's punt, and the loose ball bounced into the hands of Za'Carrius Green, who ran it in 17 yards for the touchdown and the Cowboys' lead grew to 34-14 with 5:11 to play in the third quarter.

Boise State bounced back, with Rypien throwing in the end zone to Chase Blakley for a 5-yard touchdown on 4th and goal, cutting OSU's lead to 34-21 with 1:30 to play in the third quarter.

The Cowboys responded with a drive that led to a field goal, a 23-yarder from Ammendola to make it 37-21 OSU with 11:07 to play.

OSU added to the lead later as Taylor Cornelius dragged several defenders into the end zone from six yards out to make it 44-21 Cowboys with 6:39 to play.

Taylor Cornelius was 15-for-26 passing for 243 yards, and had 41 yards rushing.

This was the first meeting ever between OSU and Boise State.