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2017 Season - Week 1

Oklahoma State Blows By Tulsa 59-24

The Cowboys knocked off Tulsa on Thursday night in a game defined by big plays.

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Oklahoma State Blows By Tulsa 59-24

Oklahoma State kicked off the season by scoring on a 44-yard strike from Mason Rudolph to LSU transfer Tyron Johnson on the first drive of the game. They didn’t look back from there.

On the Pokes next drive they found the end zone again. This time on a 40-yard pass to Biletnikoff hopeful James Washington. The offense came out clicking on all cylinders, and just two and a half minutes later they were back in the end zone as running back Justice Hill punched it in from three yards out after a 49-yard strike to Marcel Ateman put the Pokes within spitting distance of the goal line.

The first quarter was all Cowboys as it was quickly apparent that the Golden Hurricanes just didn’t have the athletes to keep up with Oklahoma State’s lethal offense. The game, for all intents and purposes, was basically over.

However, a couple of bone-head decisions gave Tulsa some life in the second quarter. OSU receiver Jalen McKlesky, normally as sure-handed as it gets, attempted to field an awkward punt off the bounce and wound up fumbling the ball into the end zone. A fumble Tulsa recovered for a gifted touchdown.

It took OSU all of two plays to answer after running back JD King found a hole a dump truck could have gotten through and took it to the house for a 71-yard touchdown run.

The second bone head decision came later in the quarter when Mason Rudolph failed to throw it away under pressure and gifted a fumble into the waiting arms of Tulsa’s Petera Wilson Jr, who returned it to the Poke’s 24 yard line. The Cowboy defense held, but that was three points coach Gundy wasn’t very happy with giving up.

“We have to do a much better job of taking care of the football. Those things frustrate me,” Gundy said in his post-game press conference. “In order for us to have the season we would like to have, we have to take care of the ball. We essentially gave them 10 points, and those things frustrate me.”

Outside of those two blunders, blunders that experienced players like Rudolph and McKlesky won’t likely make again, it was all Cowboys. The game was well in hand halftime as the Pokes went into the locker room with a 38-17 lead. ย They played a solid game and showed why they should be a contender for the Big 12, if not more. Up next they travel to South Alabama for a Friday night game on September 8.

Team Stats

MATCHUP TULSA OSU
1st Downs 26 25
3rd Down Eff 16-26 5-9
4th Down Eff 1-2 0-0
Total Yards 432 640
Passing 188 308
Comp-Att 20-38 21-26
Yards Per Pass 4.9 11.8
Interceptions 0 0
Rushing 244 332
Rush Att 60 37
Yards Per Rush 4.1 9.0
Fumbles Lost 2 2
Penalties 6-48 5-51
Possession 36:40 23:20
PASS LEADERS C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
TUL – Chad President 18/35 178 5.1 0 0 64.2
OSU – Mason Rudolph 20/24 303 12.6 3 0 96.7
RUSH LEADERS CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
TUL – Corey Tarlor II 20 111 5.6 2 55
OSU – Justice Hill 15 132 8.8 1 32
RECEIVING LEADERS REC YDS AVG TD LONG
TUL – Justin Hobbs 6 71 11.8 0 24
OSU – James Washington 6 145 24.2 2 77

Emptying The Notebook

Have we said Oklahoma State’s offense is lethal? The Poke’s eight touchdowns were scored by seven different players.

Mason Rudolph put up a ridiculous stat line, despite a couple of under thrown balls. Which is basically vintage Mason Rudolph.

The Pokes have receiver depth that simply isn’t fair. Even when McKlesky has an off night, Johnson showed he can be a game changer, Ateman is healthy, they didn’t even need Chris Lacy, redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner showed that he can be yet another weapon on the outside, and of course there is James Washington.

Tulsa’s offensive line is one of the best in the country, and is the strength of the Golden Hurricane offense. Their pass protection was solid as Oklahoma State struggled to lay a hand on a Tulsa QB all night.

A clear backup to Justice Hill is emerging. Of course Hill will get the majority of the work, but JD King put up 95 yards and a score on just 6 carries. That, along with La’Darren Brown taking the field in mop up duty, means that Chubba Hubbard will likely redshirt this year.

The adjustment Washington makes here is incredible.

Good luck to the rest of the Big 12

How clean were these?

That cut by Hill tho…

This probably isn’t something Rudolph will want to make a habit of.

So this happened…

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