Szymanski led Baylor on three second-half scoring drives (File Photo).
Nov. 11, 2006
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Keith Toston rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns and Oklahoma State capitalized on six Baylor turnovers to cruise to a 66-24 win on Saturday.
Bobby Reid hit tight end Brandon Pettigrew for two first-half touchdowns as the Cowboys (6-4, 3-3 Big 12 Conference) qualified for their fourth bowl in the last five seasons and their first under second-year coach Mike Gundy.
Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since beating Southern Illinois 70-7 on Sept. 29, 1973.
Blake Szymanski passed for 262 yards for the Bears (4-7, 3-4), but was intercepted three times and lost a fumble. The loss eliminated Baylor from bowl consideration. The Bears have not been to a bowl since 1994.
The Cowboys took control early, scoring 49 unanswered points to take a 52-3 lead early in the third quarter. Five Oklahoma State touchdowns came after Baylor turnovers.
Oklahoma State led 38-3 at halftime. On the second play of the second half, defensive tackle Darnell Smith returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown, and five plays later, free safety Donovan Woods returned Dominique Zeigler's fumble 57 yards for another touchdown for the Cowboys.
Reid started the rout, hitting Pettigrew over the middle on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that put the Cowboys ahead 10-3. The play came after Oklahoma State's Paschal Smith recovered Trent Shelton's fumbled punt return.
Toston's touchdown runs of 27 and 8 yards put the Cowboys ahead 31-3 in the second quarter. After Martel Van Zant intercepted Szymanski at the Baylor 42, Reid again hit Pettigrew, this time for a 13-yard score.
Dantrell Savage rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries for the Cowboys - all in the first half. Reid finished 9-of-10 passing for 88 yards before being replaced by Zac Robinson in the second half.
Szymanski led Baylor on three second-half scoring drives, connecting for touchdowns with Trey Payne from 8 yards and David Gettis from 11 yards to cut into the Cowboys' lead.