It’s finally nice to have a P5 team on The Blue and, you know, have the game canceled due to some unforeseen calamity. The Broncos hoped to take last week’s UTEP momentum and carry that over against the Cowboys. The last time these two teams met, the game didn’t quite go the Broncos’ way.
Frankly the start of the game was a complete 180 from the first time the teams met. The Broncos started the first two drives with a Dalmas FG and a Hank Bachmeier to Davis Koetter TD.
Oklahoma State did start with a three-and-out (yay!). But then the very next series popped a run that went to the house and brought the Cowboys back within three, 10-7.
After some back-and-forth (mostly punts between teams), Cyrus Habibi-Likio finally netted his first touchdown as a Bronco as he walked in five yards for the TD to put the Broncos up 17-7.
Another three-and-out for the Cowboys later, the Broncos were able to capitalize for three points on another Dalmas FG to get them ahead 20-7.
Here is where the wheels fell off.
The Cowboys, only having one reception to this point, ran the ball and started gashing the Broncos run defense.
For his part, JL Skinner came up huge in this series with his defensive play. He had three total tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup in the first half.
With roughly two minutes left the Cowboys, on the BSU 18, benefitted from a... controversial... defensive pass interference call that gave them a new set of downs. Capitalizing on this, Oklahoma State was able to get touchdown to get within six, 20-14.
On the next series Habibi-Likio fumbled the ball, which Oklahoma State recovered on the Broncos 21. Then proceeded run in for another TD to put them up 21-20 right before the half.
The third quarter wasn’t much better for the Broncos (and, frankly, Oklahoma State). But we did see the return of Riley Whimpey, so that was nice.
The Broncos had some three-and-outs while Oklahoma State missed a 40ish-yard field goal.
This led to the same 21-20 Oklahoma State lead in the fourth quarter.
The Broncos offense started clicking somewhat but still stalled too many times in the fourth. The defense had some incredible plays down the stretch actually causing a fumble that was going to be a touchdown. But an early ref whistle blew the ball dead.
The offense moved the ball somewhat, at least in Dalmas FG range. But the ball was kicked somewhat low and, to add insult to injury, tipped.
The Broncos let momentum and an early lead slip and fall to 1-2 on the season.