STILLWATER, Okla. -- Baylor finally made a serious threat to score, but running back Jay Finley fumbled while hurdling a defender for a first down, forced by a hit from linebacker Shaun Lewis.
Officials took a few minutes to sort out the ensuing pile, but the Cowboys emerged with the ball, preserving a stunning shutout to this point, and giving the offense another opportunity to add to its growing lead.
Oklahoma State took advantage with a Justin Blackmon-driven drive. Blackmon drew a pass interference flag on a deep ball, and caught three passes for 41 yards to set up a Kendall Hunter's second one-yard touchdown run that put Oklahoma State up, 24-0 late in the first half.
Blackmon now has seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown -- his eighth consecutive game with a touchdown catch. The spark that comes with his presence on the offense is pretty obvious, but this is what we expected from Oklahoma State's offense.
The defense is the reason for the big lead.
TCU -- the nation's No. 1 scoring and total defense -- is the only team to keep Baylor under 30 points this year.
With a pair of fumble recoveries and three other defensive stops, Oklahoma State is well ahead of pace to become the third.