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Recap: The Cowboys From Stillwater Win Big Over The Cowboys From McNeese

The Cowboys took care of business against McNeese State with 56-14 win.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Braydon Johnson entering the end zone against McNeese State - Getty Images - Icon Sportswire
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Oklahoma State started off the night with a pick six on the second play from scrimmage. McNeese Quarterback Cody Orgeron made his mind up where he was going pre-snap, and AJ Green read it the whole way.

The offense took a little longer to get rolling. The Cowboys failed to find the endzone in their first two possessions after finishing the first drive with -3 yards followed by a Dillon Stoner fumble. However, It didn’t take long on their next drive for the Pokes to find the end zone. Tylan Wallace took a screen pass the distance on a 69-yard touchdown catch.

After a couple of punts, the Stillwater Pokes found the end zone on back-to-back 91-yard drives before the half. Although, at 28-0, this one was already over.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Sanders found Wallace for their third touchdown connection of the night.

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The defense gave up their first touchdown of the night when Orgeron 16-found D’Andre Hicks for the 16-yard touchdown.

With the game in hand, Oklahoma State subbed out it’s starters. Our first look quarterback Dru Brown, not kneeling out the clock, looked impressive. Brown lead the Pokes on two 70-yard drives resulting in two long touchdown passes, including a beautiful pass hitting Braydon Johnson in stride. Gundy and company are in good hands if Dru Brown needs to step in under center.

In the end, Oklahoma State did what they were supposed to do and won 56-14.

Key Plays

14:15 1st [MCNS 2nd & 9 at MCNS 26] – AJ Green sticks his foot in the ground and drives through the interception and walks into the end zone for Oklahoma State’s first turnover forced of the season.

1:29 1st [OKST 2nd & 6 at OKST 31] – Tylan Wallace takes a screen pass the distance for the second straight week after a great block by Braydon Johnson.

14:48 3rd [OKST 1st & 10 at OKST 25] – Quarterback Spencer Sanders hit Tylan Wallace for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play out of the half. Any lingering hopes McNeese had of mounting a comeback were dashed right there.

Key Stats

0 Interceptions – The Oklahoma State gun slingers still haven’t thrown the ball to the wrong team through two games.

11-16 Third Down Conversion – The Pokes converted 69% of their third downs for first downs. Bringing down their season average to 72%

3.8 yards per carry – The Cowboys will have to be better at running the football. They will need to be able to run the ball even if the defense knows what is coming.

0 first half points allowed – Regardless of who was on the other sideline, pitching a goose egg in a half of football is impressive. Oklahoma State has something to build on next week for their last tune up game before conference play.

Players of the Game

  • QB Spencer Sanders – 12/18, 250 YDs, 3 TDs, 12 CAR, 51 YDs
  • WR Tylan Wallace – 5 REC, 180 YDs, 3 TDs
  • CB AJ Green – 2 TOT, 1 INT, 1 TD

Remaining Thoughts

Pokes Going to Poke – 580 yards of offense and 56 points is what we all expected.

Tylan Wallace is the Best Receiver in the Country – I don’t care if you’re on air, 36 yards per reception is ridiculous, but three touchdowns on five receptions is even more ridiculous. #Wallace4Biletnikoff

Defense? – Yes, it was FCS McNeese and the defensive performance was expected, but it is always a confidence booster to keep a team out of the endzone for a half and under 20 in this league.

Penalties – 5 penalties for 29 yards is a vast improvement from last week and last season.

#Sanders2Wallace – It takes a special connection to be included with the likes of #Weeden2Blackmon and #Rudolph2Washington but this tandem deserves every bit of it.

Game Highlights

Coach Mike Gundy Post-Game Press Conference

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