Sellout’s rapid reaction to Oklahoma State’s 45-3 loss at UCF

Sellout’s rapid reaction to Oklahoma State’s 45-3 loss at UCF

Mike Gundy seemed worried Monday about getting his Cowboys ready to play, after the emotions of a historic Bedlam victory. Gundy’s fears were justified.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Nov 11, 2023, 5:53pm CST

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Nov 11, 2023, 5:53pm CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — The dreaded Bedlam hangover fell on the Cowboys with all the force of a rocket launch Saturday. Central Florida, celebrating its annual Space Game, routed OSU, 45-3, dominating from start to finish.

The Cowboys entered with the Big 12 lead, the No. 15 national ranking and the nation’s hottest ballplayer in tailback Ollie Gordon. But the Knights shut down Gordon, UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee directed a lethal passing and running game, and UCF looked like the much-superior team. The Knights scored on their first four possessions to take a 24-0 lead, and the OSU defense consistently was gashed by land and by air.

Here are the early reactions from Sellout Crowd’s crew:

The Cowboys weren’t ready to play

Berry Tramel: Mike Gundy seemed worried Monday about getting his Cowboys ready to play, after the emotions of a historic Bedlam victory. Gundy’s fears were justified.

The Cowboys came to Orlando and produced a total dud. They were trounced from start to finish by Central Florida. The final was 45-3, but the game was over long before that. 

OSU wasn’t ready to play, and the Cowboys certainly didn’t find the magic elixir during the one-sided affair.

This is the Big 12’s first-place team, football-savvy Floridians had to be asking. This is the team that took down Oklahoma and Kansas State and West Virginia and Kansas? 

Both times the Cowboys looked like they had a sliver of a chance to get back in the game, Alan Bowman threw interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Cowboy defense left their tackling and coverage pants back in Stillwater. The only question was whether UCF had more success — and more fun — throwing or running. The Knights were equally lethal with either.

Turnovers put an end to the winning streak

Ben Hutchens: On the Cowboys’ five-game winning streak they carried into Orlando, they were plus eight in the turnover margin. Today, the Cowboys were minus three, and because of it, didn’t have a real chance against UCF.

The most back-breaking turnover was a tip-drill interception (all three of Bowman’s picks were on tipped throws) in the red zone early in the third quarter. OSU had just scored its first points of the game and forced a turnover of its own. 

Maybe it was a sign that OSU’s first drive of the game ended with Ollie Gordon’s second career fumble. He finished with 25 rushing yards, his first time under the 100-yard mark since playing South Alabama in week three.

Giving New meaning to the word hangover

Ed Murray:I spent most of the second half looking for a word that means “worse than a hangover.” I couldn’t find one but I certainly watched one. The nation’s fourth-worst defense against the rush stuffed the OSU rushing game, forcing a fumble on Ollie Gordon’s second carry. Instead, it was the Oklahoma State defense that struggled. The Cowboys gave up an explosive play of more than 30 yards on each of UCF’s first four drives, resulting in a 24-0 Knights’ lead.

And every time OSU had a chance to maybe make it a game, the Cowboys committed a key penalty or turnover. That’s the stuff that gets you beat, especially on the road, Two were especially costly. The first, Alan Bowman ran to the 5 for a first-and-goal late in the first quarter but holding wiped it out. Next play, Bowman tossed his first of three interceptions. The second, in the third quarter, OSU had just scored its first points and recovered a fumble at the UCF 25. Bowman tossed another pick and R.J Harvey blasted 92 yards for the second of his three touchdowns.

UCF had at least seven plays longer than 30 yards, two longer than 75 yards. 

Cowboys get equal but opposite reaction from a week ago

Sam Hutchens: The people on the wildest roller coaster in Orlando this weekend were football players, not Disney fans.

Any excitement OSU got from winning one of the most meaningful games in program history last week was washed away in Orlando. The Cowboys were trounced. Things got ugly. OSU couldn’t muster a touchdown and defensive stops were almost as rare. The Cowboys’ season could still end on a high note, but I’m left wondering where the next turn on this wild ride will be.

 

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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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