STILLWATER, Okla. - The 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys scored on their first four possessions, including three touchdowns, to take a 24-0 first-half lead Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in front of a record crowd (59,061). Lamar was unable to recover dropping a 59-3 decision to the highest-ranked team the Cardinals have faced since bringing the program back, and one of the highest-ranked opponents in program history.
Oklahoma State racked up 426 yards of total offense, while Lamar finished with 245, including a 121 on the ground.
"Oklahoma State is not just a Big 12 team, they are a very good Big 12 team," said Lamar head coach Ray Woodard. "They have one of the best offenses that I've seen in the nation this year. Oklahoma State will be right there in their conference hunt at the end of the year. We will be a better team for having played this game. I thought that our guys played really hard. There are a lot of positives that we can gain from playing in an environment like this."
The Cowboys took a 31-3 lead into the locker room but did most of their damage in the opening 15 minutes. OSU finished the quarter with a 184-83 advantage in total offense, and converted on their first six attempts on third down.
OSU took its opening-drive 57 yards on 10 plays which ended with a Desmond Roland score from two-yards out with 9:09 remaining. The Cowboys pushed their advantage to 14 points less than three minutes later when Jeremy Smith scored from four yards out.
Leading 31-0, the Cowboys had the ball and appeared to be driving with 1:25 remaining in the half, but LU's Branden Thomas picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards to set up the Cardinals first score of the game. Kicker Justin Stout cashed in on the OSU turnover by converting a 44-yard field goal to end the half. It is Stout's longest make since his freshman season.
The Cowboys finished the half with 246 yards of total offense. Lamar gained 133 yards in the opening half, behind some strong running from freshman Kade Harrington. The Katy, Texas native, carried the ball eight times for 43 yards in the opening 30 minutes, and finished the game with 20 carries for 62 yards.
Berry completed 18 passes for 114 yards. Sophomore Reggie Begelton hauled in a career-high 10 passes for 48 yards. The Cardinals defense was led by Tyrus McGlothen for a second-straight week, recording 10 tackles.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Sept. 21, when they host Bacone College. The game against Bacone is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium.