The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 2-0 on the season and Mason Rudolph has yet to play a complete game. That’s pretty much the defining statement for OSU’s 44-7 win over South Alabama on Friday night. It was the first road test of the season for the Pokes and they passed it with flying colors.
The Cowboys were relentless on defense in limiting the Jaguars to just 12 first downs and 175 yards and a garbage time touchdown. OSU also forced two turnovers in their most dominating defensive performance in quite some time that was capped by a Justin Phillips 25-yard interception return for a score.
Even more overwhelming than Oklahoma State’s defense was Mason Rudolph and the offense. The Cowboys got off to a slow start, going three-and-out on their first possession, but scored on four of their next five possessions to take a 20-0 lead into the half.
The Pokes crossed the goal line on their first two possessions of the second half before Phillips scored to push their lead to 41-0. The final score on the night for OSU came by way of a 48-yard Matt Ammendola field goal, putting the Cowboys comfortably ahead 44-0.
Rudolph connected with James Washington on a 66-yard touchdown strike on OSU’s second possession of the game. The score tied Washington with Dez Bryant for most touchdowns in program history and help set up Rudolph for his own piece of history. The Heisman contending quarterback came in needing 244 yards to become the school’s all-time leading passer. His big strike to Washington, followed by another to that set up a 4-yard scoring toss to Marcell Ateman, got Rudolph to the record on the final drive of the second quarter.
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Three Quick Thoughts
Oklahoma State Completely Dominated The Line Of Scrimmage – The Jaguars were never in contention because they never had a chance at the line of scrimmage. OSU’s defensive line lived in South Alabama’s backfield and Mason Rudolph had all night to throw the ball. This speaks highly to both the offensive and defensive lines which were both a little suspect going into the season.
The Cowboys Continue To Force Turnovers – With an offense as explosive as Oklahoma State’s, giving Rudolph and company more touches typically means more points. OSU has now forced a turnover in 16 consecutive games.
OSU Has Yet To Be Tested – This is both good and bad for the Pokes. It’s good because they’re dominating the teams they are supposed to dominate (Regardless of the blown call, Central Michigan should have never been in position to win the game last year). It could be bad because this team has yet to be tested and its uncertain how they’ll fare when push comes to shove late in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma State continues their road trip next week when they visit Pittsburgh in their final non-conference game. Kickoff is set for 11:00 AM Central.