Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State 59 – Tulsa 24 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld


“I thought our guys played well. We have to do a much better job at taking care of the football. Those things frustrate me. In order for us to have the season that we would like to have, we have to take care of the ball and we essentially gave them 10 points. Those things frustrate me. (Jalen) McCleskey knows better than that. His ball security was absolutely terrible and that’s something that we’ll continue to work on. Mason (Rudolph) knows better than to do what he did. Scrambling out of the pocket, playing in a two-minute situation, he’s got to throw the ball away. I was not pleased with that, offensively. Our guys know that we don’t crack back in blocking below the waist. I don’t know that we’ve ever done that. Then we had procedure penalties with two veteran guys. Those are things we have to clean up in order for us to continue to play well.”
“Our defense needs to do a better job on third and 20. I don’t know what it was, I don’t have the stats, but they had to have been 80 percent at third and 10 or more. They worked hard to get them at third and long and to stay on the field.” – Mike Gundy on what needs to improve

“By no means did we play a perfect game. We’re going to chase that perfect game and can’t turn the ball over. Just minor things that actually turn into big things. We have to make sure that we get better every day. I don’t think you can sit here and gloat about anything. You have to learn how to improve and that’s the process and that’s what it’s all about.” – Mike Yurcich on improving

“It was a lot of fun to get back out there with my guys. There’s just something about it that it feels like a long time coming. It was a lot of fun to be back out there on the field again.” – James Washington on starting the season

“I thought we performed well, but we’re still hungry. We’re going to watch the tape from tonight and I’ll have my grades for our performance on Monday. I thought our young guys played well. They did better than I did in my first game. They showed composure, made some plays and did a good job tonight.” – Tre Flowers on the play of the secondary

“I thought it was good. Like any first game, there were a few mistakes and things that we have to clean up. I feel like we were able to establish a run game and protect Mason (Rudolph) pretty well though. Obviously, we had a couple of hiccups and we’ve got some things to clean up, but overall I feel like it was a pretty good first game.” – Center Brad Lundblade on the offensive line play

“I feel like we handled their offense well. Our coaches had a great gameplan and put us in some different positions with our personnel to be successful. We had a solid gameplan and that helped us to be successful tonight.” – Defensive Tackle DeQuinton Osborne on the Tulsa offense

Game Notes

• Thursday night’s win marked OSU’s sixth-straight victory over Tulsa and its 10th win in the last 12 meetings with the Golden Hurricane.

• Improved OSU’s all-time record in season openers to 70-41-5, all-time record in season openers at home to 49-7-4 and all-time record in home openers to 83-28-5.

• Improved Mike Gundy’s record in non-conference games to 42-11 and his record against Tulsa to 3-0.

• Improved OSU to 25-5 in its last 30 non-conference games.

• Improved OSU to 53-6 in its last 59 games against unranked opponents, dating back to 2010.

• Mason Rudolph finished with 303 yards, marking the 13th 300-yard passing game of his career.

• Kenneth McGruder’s 82-yard fumble return for a score marked OSU’s fourth-longest fumble return in school history and the longest since a 93-yard return by T. Robinson at Kansas in 2002.

• McGruder’s score also marked OSU’s 40th non-offensive touchdown since 2010 – the third most in nation during that stretch.

• OSU has now forced a turnover in 15 consecutive games.

• Receiver Tyron Johnson caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph on his first career target at Oklahoma State.

• James Washington finished with 145 receiving yards, marking the 13th 100-yard game of his career his sixth 100-yard performance in the last nine games. He also scored two receiving touchdowns, improving his FBS-best career receiving touchdowns among active players to 28.

• Jalen McCleskey has caught a pass in 23-straight games.

• Marcell Ateman’s 49-yard catch in the first quarter marked his first catch since the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2015 season. He missed all of last season due to injury.

• True freshman running back J.D. King rushed for a 71-yard touchdown on his second career carry. It marked OSU’s longest rushing play since Herschel Sims had an 81-yard touchdown against Baylor on Oct. 29, 2011.

• Justice Hill finished with 132 rushing yards, marking the seventh game of his career with at least 100 yards on the ground. It also marked the fourth time in the last five games he’s rushed for 100 yards. In those five games, he has averaged 122.2 yards per contest.

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