Oklahoma State football vs. BYU: 4 takeaways from Cowboys' win to reach Big 12 title game

STILLWATER (AP) — The tension was palpable as Oklahoma State and BYU players, coaches, and fans awaited

 the outcome of the most important video replay review in Cowboy football history.

Then, from head referee Michael VanderVelde, came the key word — confirmed — that OSU safety Trey Rucker had stripped the ball free of a BYU player for a fumble recovery,

sealing the Cowboys' 40-34 double-overtime win over the Cougars on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Oklahoma State advances to the Big 12 Championship Game for the second time in school history, and the third time in the last three years.

No. 20 Oklahoma State will face seventh-ranked Texas for the Big 12 title next Saturday at 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

OSU (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) has one Big 12 title, which it won in 2011 without the conference title game.

Oklahoma State earned its spot on Saturday by rallying from a 24-6 halftime deficit and getting two touchdown runs in overtime from Ollie Gordon II, who finished with 166 yards rushing. 

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