Sellout’s rapid reaction to Oklahoma State’s 45-13 win over Cincinnati

October 28, 2023

STILLWATER — What do you say about Ollie Gordon that hasn’t been said? Try Sellout Crowd’s OSU coverage team.

The Cowboys routed Cincinnati 45-13 Saturday, breaking away from a tight game at halftime, and now go to Bedlam not only with a four-game winning streak but a superstar tailback who ran for 271 yards on 25 carries, against the Big 12’s best run defense.

Here’s what Sellout Crowd had to say: 

First-place Cowboys look ready for Bedlam

Berry Tramel: Ladies and gentlemen, presenting your first-place Oklahoma State Cowboys. No, that is not a misprint. OSU waxed Cincinnati to join a five-team logjam atop the Big 12 standings. OSU joins Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State and OU at 4-1 in the conference. And Bedlam comes next Saturday, in a first-place showdown in which the Cowboys look more ready than the Sooners.

Speaking of conference standings, Cincinnati is in last place, 0-5 in the Big 12. But the Bearcats are good on the defensive line and incredibly stingy against the run. But star tailback Ollie Gordon wore down the Bearcats, and while he got his momentum up, quarterback Alan Bowman made a bunch of clutch throws. 

This OSU season turned when Mike Gundy shut off the carousel and made Bowman the quarterback and Gordon the tailback. Gordon has been carrying the freight and did so again Saturday, but he got lots of help from Bowman against UC, despite a depleted receiving corps. 

We kept looking at Bedlam as the Cowboys playing potential spoiler to OU’s College Football Playoff hopes. But now Bedlam might be viewed as the Sooners playing spoiler to OSU’s Big 12 Championship Game hopes. That’s the turnaround Bowman and Gordon have led.

Here’s the rapid reaction of the rest of Sellout Crowd’s OSU coverage team from Saturday:

Cowboy defense returns to create blowout

Ben Hutchens: We knew the Cowboys could score. Ollie Gordon and Alan Bowman have shown us that for the past two games. The problem with those games, for OSU fans, was neither were comfortable victories. The score against Kansas was 39-32. West Virginia kept scoring late touchdowns to keep OSU’s foot on the gas.

But against Cincinnati on Saturday, the Cowboys finally blew someone out. And it’s because the stout defense allowed just 13 points.

Gordon powers through stout defense

Sam Hutchens: Pregame, it looked like Cincinnati might’ve had OSU’s antidote.

How do you contain Ollie Gordon, who had 707 rushing yards in his four previous games? Try Cincinnati’s stingy rushing defense, which entered Saturday allowing 76.5 yards rushing per game. 

After a slow first half, at least for his lofty standards, Gordon wore down the Bearcats and powered OSU to a fourth consecutive Big 12 win. He finished with 271 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. He averaged 10.8 — over five yards more than what the Bearcats had allowed.  Turns out, there may not be an antidote to OSU’s attack.

Big 12’s leading defense against the run? No problem

Ed Murray: Early in the second quarter, Mike Gundy huddled on the sideline with Gordon. His star player had just fumbled for the first time this season and hadn’t been much of a factor in a 7-7 game. It must have been some speech. Gordon sat out a series but his next touch went for 17 yards, and one play later, he ripped off a 22-yarder. Those two runs didn’t lead to points but were a sign of things to come.

And it must have been some speech at halftime as well. The Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the half. Possession No. 1: Gordon blasted for 42 yards to set up a Brennan Presley TD grab. Possession No. 2 was set up by a Cameron Epps interception. Gordon bounced off four Bearcats on his way to a 9-yard score. Gordon’s 39-yard run on possession No. 3 led to another Presley score. 

Cincinnati had not surrendered a 100-yard game to a running back all season. Gordon bludgeoned them for 271 yards and two scores.

But how about an unsung hero? Receiver Leon Johnson. His first 5 catches as a Cowboy. His first 149 yards. A 66-yard grab set up a field goal, a 24-yarder started the final TD drive, and a 43-yard snag got OSU out of the shadow of its endzone. Chances are Gundy’s postgame speech will include a word or two about Johnson.