Oklahoma State’s football team got a late blocked field goal and after a scoreless second half, held on to beat Boise State 21-20 on Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.
The Cowboys were playing without six major contributors, five of them on offense.
Wide receivers Jaden Bray, Tay Martin, and Braydon Johnson, tight end Logan Carter, running back Dezmon Jackson, and safety Tre Sterling all were out and didn’t make the trip to Boise.
OSU running back Jaylen Warren had a career high 218 yards rushing on 32 carries, and was by far the most productive offensive player for the Cowboys.
Spencer Sanders was just 6-for-13 for 87 yards passing, but a late pass is what clinched the Cowboy win.
Boise State got the ball first and marched to get a 40-yard field goal by Jonah Dalmas to take a 3-0 lead with 10:41 to play in the first quarter.
OSU’s first possession gained just 2 yards in 5 plays and the Cowboys had to punt.
The Broncos then got a touchdown, going 70 yards in 11 plays, with Hank Bachmeier throwing to Davis Koetter for a 28-yard touchdown and Boise State led 10-0 with 5:10 to play in the first quarter.
The Cowboys had an immediate answer on the first snap of their ensuing possession.
Jaylen Warren found a big hole and ran 75 yards for a touchdown to cut the Boise State lead to 10-7 with 4:59 left in the first quarter.
Both teams had to punt on their next two possessions with OSU gaining a total of two yards.
Boise State then got the ball at the Cowboys’ 43-yard line and marched to a score in 10 plays, with Cyrus Habibi-Lokio scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 17-7 Boise State with 10:07 left in the second quarter.
OSU punted again after three downs, and in their first four possessions other than the Warren touchdown run, had just four total yards.
The Broncos added to the lead when Dalmas kicked a 36-yard field goal to make it 20-7 with 6:26 to play in the first half.
Oklahoma State finally got some offense going, concentrating on the running game, and marched 75 yards in 10 plays, with Warren scoring from 6 yards out to cut Boise State’s lead to 20-14 with 2:10 to play in the first half.
The Cowboys got the ball back on the first snap of the next series, with Malcolm Rodriguez stripping the ball from George Holani, and Devin Harper recovered for OSU at the Boise State 21-yard line.
It took OSU six plays to convert, with Spencer Sanders scoring on a one-yard touchdown run around the left side to put the Cowboys up 21-20 with just six seconds left in the first half.
Both teams had to punt on their first possession of the second half, then OSU’s Alex Hale missed a 41-yard field goal and it remained 21-20 OSU with 2:08 to play in the third quarter.
Both teams exchanged a pair of punts, then Kolby Harvell-Peel intercepted a deep pass by Bachmeier at the OSU 34-yard line with 4:51 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys turned the ball right back over to BSU, though, as Warren fumbled and J.L. Skinner recovered for the Broncos at the OSU 41-yard line.
Dalmas had a chance to give BSU the lead, but Jason Taylor got a hand on his 36-yard field goal attempt and it fell short.
OSU’s lead remained 21-20 with 2:05 to play.
The Cowboys iced the game when Sanders passed to Cale Cabbiness for a gain of 24 yards to get a first down and allow OSU to run out the clock.
Oklahoma State improves to 3-0 on the season.
The Cowboys open Big 12 play next Saturday at home at 6:00 against Kansas State.