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Taylor Cornelius Puts Up Season Lows in Loss to TCU

As in normally the case, a team goes as its quarterback goes.

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Not a lot went right for Taylor Cornelius on Saturday.

In Oklahoma State’s 31-24 loss against TCU, Cornelius threw for a season-low 181 yards, zero touchdowns and had a season-low 42.5 completion percentage. Cornelius had an admirable performance running the ball, finishing with a team-high 52 yards and two scores, but the Cowboys’ offense never could get it all figured out.

Cornelius and Biletnikoff finalist Tylan Wallace couldn’t connect on the one-on-one scenarios the pair usually get together on. Seemingly every time Cornelius had an open receiver, it was either a poor throw, or stuff like this happened.


Including the opening field goal, the Cowboys were forced into six three-and-outs, and in the play above, OSU’s drive ended poorly after one play.

After completing his first three passes, Cornelius went on a streak of five straight incompletions. At the end of the first half and into the second quarter, Cornelius had seven straight incompletions. He had another streak of five incompletions in the fourth quarter. His longest streak of completions was five. He was 4-for-9 on third down.

As is true with most quarterback performances, Cornelius success often matched that of his team’s. Cornelius had three games this season where he completed less than 50 percent of his passes. The three games were arguably OSU’s worst: Texas Tech, Kansas State and TCU. Here are Cornelius’ passing lines in those games.

Opponent Result Completions Attempts Touchdowns Interceptions
Texas Tech L 18 38 1 1
Kansas State L 17 35 0 2
TCU L 17 40 0 1

Cornelius targeted Wallace 11 times, but they connected only four times for 64 yards. Wallace will submit a Biletnikoff resume with 1,408 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 79 catches.

Cornelius finished his first and only regular season as OSU’s starting quarterback with 3,642 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns, both third in the Big 12. His 11 interceptions are the most in the Big 12. He also had 385 rushing yards and another 10 touchdowns, the most rushing touchdowns on his team.

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