STILLWATER – Sam Houston State had their work cut out for them in the game against Oklahoma State Saturday night and for a while, it looked interesting. But the Cowboys would prove to be too much, defeating the Bearkats 39-3 in Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Kats succeeded in moving the ball down the field, but just couldn’t punch it into the end zone. The Sam Houston State offense drove the ball past the Oklahoma State 40-yard line several times only to see those drives stall, forcing the Kats to punt. They also pushed the ball into the Cowboys’ red zone a couple of times, but those drives came up short as well as the Bearkats had to settle for a field goal.
“I thought, for the most part, we moved the ball pretty well,” SHSU quarterback Rhett Bomar said. “We couldn’t get in the end zone and just shot ourselves in the foot. That’s the frustrating thing, but I’m proud of our guys. They fought hard.”
The Cowboys scored the first points of the game when quarterback Zac Robinson connected with Adarius Bowman for a 29-yard touchdown.
On their next possession, the Bearkats marched down the field to the Cowboys’ 12-yard line, falling six yards short of the first down and leaving it to the kicker. Taylor Wilkins booted in the 29-yard field goal bringing the score to 7-3.
The Cowboys answered back rather quickly, driving 64 yards in six plays when running back Dantrell Savage scored on an 18-yard pass from Robinson.
Just before the end of the first half, Cowboys kicker Jason Ricks knocked in a 22-yard field goal.
With only a 14-point deficit going into the half, the game was still well within range for the Kats.
But the Cowboys shut the door on any chance the Bearkats had of pulling off the upset.
After the Bearkats’ went three-and-out, they were forced to punt. Defensive back Perrish Cox fielded the ball at midfield and ran it back 49 yards for the touchdown.
A pair of touchdown runs by Julius Crosslin and Kendall Hunter capped off a 22-point third quarter for the Cowboys.
One of the main problems on defense this year has been the secondary, which has given up several big plays in games. After three games in which the secondary has failed to come up with an interception, the Bearkats came up with two against OSU as Stanley Garrett and Randy Stewart each picked off a pass in the third quarter.
“It was encouraging to see,” SHSU head coach Todd Whitten said. “We had a couple of freshman in there. Randy Stewart at corner and Frank Onwuachi at safety. Seeing that performance out of our young secondary players was real encouraging to see.”
Bomar completed 22 of 47 passes for 270 yards and an interception, and also led the team in rushing with 33 yards on 13 carries.
Blake Martin took top receiving honors with six receptions for 79 yards, followed by Catron Houston with seven for 78 yards, and Justin Wells with four for 70 yards.
As a team, the Bearkats were only able to convert six of 18 third downs, while the Cowboys converted seven of just 11 third downs throughout the game.
On defense, Onwuachi led the team in tackles with 10, including seven solo tackles, followed by Carlton Cobey with nine, and Luke McCall and Chris Brown with eight each.
Now that the non-conference games are out of the way, the Bearkats can turn their focus towards their conference opponents.
“It’s time for the Southland Conference to start,” Whitten said. “We have a very competitive league. I like our chances to contend and compete. We have UCA this week. I’m anxious to get going in the league race.”