— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 19, 2016
In the most lopsided home loss in TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson’s tenure, Oklahoma State destroyed Texas Christian 31-6 thanks in large part to a Cowboy defense which suffocated the Horned Frogs from start to finish.
Rudolph Struggles Early, But Offense Rolls
Mason Rudolph had a rough start to the day, but despite his inability to get much going until later in the first half, the Cowboys saw production from all over the field. Rudolph finished throwing 17/34 for 207 yards and a touchdown without turning the ball over, yet it was primarily the Cowboy rushing attack that fueled the offense to putting up some easy points as for the first time in Oklahoma State football history, the Cowboys had two 100-yard rushers and one 100-yard receiver on the road.
Cowboy running backs Justice Hill and Chris Carson battled each other all game to see how would end up with the most rushing yards on the day. Hill ended up with 154 yards on 16 carries, while Carson finished with 146 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Also notable was Rudolph’s ability to run the ball: he finished with 23 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Chris Carson out here killin em! https://t.co/zO2L4hLHnK
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 19, 2016
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 19, 2016
Defense Continually Clamps Down
The Horned Frogs were left unable to turn any type of offensive success into points as the Cowboy defense played its best game of the season. Early in the game, Barry J. Sanders muffed a punt return for the Cowboys, setting the TCU offense up on the goal line. The Horned Frogs scored easily, but then Cowboy DT Vincent Taylor stepped into block his fourth extra-point attempt of the season, and it was all Cowboys the rest of the way.
The Cowboys only sacked Horned Frog QB Kenny Hill twice, but they consistently hit TCU rushers in the backfield, limiting their ability to get yardage on the ground. Hill rushed for 79 yards on eight attempts, one which went for 40 yards, but aside from that, the TCU rush attack was rendered ineffective.
Oklahoma State also forced two TCU turnovers as they intercepted Hill twice, the second one coming late in the game to end any chance of a Horned Frog comeback.
Cowboys Play for Big 12 Title
The win today cemented the Cowboys’ opportunity to play for a Big 12 Championship in Norman on December 3rd. No matter the outcome of tonight’s Oklahoma-West Virginia game, if Oklahoma State takes care of business against the Sooners, the Cowboys will be Big 12 Champs and may find themselves in discussion for a College Football Playoff spot.
More recaps coming later.