Seven drives for seven touchdowns in the first half left Pitt walking into the locker room wondering what just happened. Oklahoma State just couldn’t be stopped as quarterback Mason Rudolph was 20/28 for 423 yards and five touchdowns by halftime. Let me say that again… By halftime!
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2017
This was about as one-sided as it can get. Pitt held to their man-coverage that the Pokes torched a year ago, and the Panthers simply didn’t have any answers or the horses to hang with the Cowboys. By the time Pitt got on the board in the second quarter, the Pokes already had 35 points of their own and the game was already decided.
The Pokes head back to Stillwater with a 59-21 win, but it wasn’t a perfect game. Silly mistakes continue to pop up. A fumbled snap on a punt in the third quarter gifted Pitt another touchdown, similar to how OSU gifted touchdowns to Tulsa in week one. The Cowboy’s offense looks unstoppable, but they don’t need to be making their jobs any harder.
Kick returning also remained suspect. Jalen McCleskey fumbled a kick in week one, and while he didn’t turn the ball over in this one, a decision not to field a fair catch left the Pokes backed up to their own goal line on the second drive of the game. If it wasn’t for a heads up play by Rudolph to extend the ball past the goal line, Pitt would have had a safety.
If that sounds like nitpicking, it is. But that’s where we are at with this team, because they look scary, scary good. Even former Texas Tech quarterback, and now Kansas City Chief, Patrick Mahomes II took notice.
Tortillas sound tasty
— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) September 16, 2017