Oklahoma State scored early and often against overmatched FSC opponent Southeastern Louisiana. As expected, the first team offense did not even play half of the game, but overall, they performed well. Thanks
to excellent field position, the Cowboys offensive stats are not anything to brag about, but the efficiency with which they handled the ball bodes well for the rest of the season.
Mason Rudolph managed to lead the Cowboys to three offensive touchdowns in the first quarter before coming out for the majority of the rest of the game. The ball was shared with a number of different players as the Cowboys featured three different quarterbacks, nine different players running the ball, and fourteen different guys recording a reception.
It is hard to gauge just how high-powered the offense is going to be this year, but it was a good sign to see the Cowboys score so much so easily.
Quarterbacks: Rudolph threw an efficient 18/26 for 188 yards and two touchdowns, while backups Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar combined for 7/10 and 62 yards. Cornelius also added 6 rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown. The numbers were not high, but they were mostly efficient, including no interceptions thrown. Rudolph did, however, fumble a snap at the goal line, which was recovered by the Lions. Overall Grade | B
Offensive Line: The offensive line looks much improved from a year ago, but the Lions were not exactly a tough test for the Cowboys. The line gave up three sacks, but overall the offense was a well-oiled machine, which cannot happen without the O-line being consistent and doing a good job. Overall Grade | B
Receivers: Fourteen different players recorded a reception with an unimpressive average of only 5.9 yards per pass, but good field position likely affected that. Jhajuan Seales led all receivers with three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was featured in ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays over the weekend. Overall Grade | A-
Running Backs: As rumored to be expected, all five running backs on the depth chart ended up recording at least a few rushes. Jeff Carr led all rushers with six attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown. Barry J. Sanders also recorded a touchdown on a one yard run. The Cowboys rushed for a mere 124 yards while averaging a rough 3.8 yards per attempt. Overall Grade | C+
Coaching: The obvious game plan for the offense was to try a number of different looks and get the ball into as many different hands as possible. This was definitely the type of game to do this, so it’s hard to fault the coaching staff for a lack of success in any specific area. Expect the numbers to look considerably different as the season continues. Overall Grade | B
Offensive Player of the Game
QB Mason Rudolph: 18/26 passing, 188 yards, two touchdowns, one of which was featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays
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