STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma State Cowboys set the tone for Saturday night’s game early with a pick-six heard around Oklahoma as senior A.J. Green made a play he’d been waiting his entire college career for.
McNeese quarterback Cody Orgeron made the second snap of the game only 45 seconds into the first quarter giving Green a chance to read the drop correctly and make the interception at the 27 yard line returning it for a touchdown.
The cheers inside Boone Pickens Stadium were deafening as the cornerback celebrated with his defense to give the Pokes an early 7-0 lead, and after defense was a key adjustment needing to be made following the Oregon State game last week, this kind of play is exactly what OSU fans wanted to see.
“I think that was good for us,” Green said. “Me being a veteran on the team, and being looked at as a leader, I think that was a good way to come out of the gates and a good way to start the game.”
It was a battle of the Cowboys with both teams coming in off a hot season start at 1-0, but the Pokes kept Boone Pickens rocking maintaining a shutout 28-0 going into the locker room at halftime.
Receiver Tylan Wallace made massive contributions to the offense connecting with quarterback Spencer Sanders for a 69-yard touchdown first and a 4-yard pass as the first half came to an end. Wallace would go to the locker room with 105 first-half yards on four receptions and two touchdowns.
The Pokes may have had a comfortable lead at the half, but head coach Mike Gundy said he was not fully pleased with the first-half performance and halftime was used to make some serious adjustments.
“We were flat and didn’t take care of the football,” Gundy said. “I told the team at halftime that I was disappointed in the way we were playing. We weren’t playing to the level we needed to. They came out and played the second half in a way they should have started the game.”
The OSU defense may have got things rolling early on, but this time around, unlike the season opener against Oregon State, it was the offense that saw early struggles and inefficient time on the field.
Freshman Spencer Sanders took the field as starting QB for the second consecutive week, and with back-to-back sacks to end the first offensive drive of the game, the Pokes’ offense was retired to the sideline quickly.
“I feel like I need to do better,” Sanders said. “We started off slow, and I feel like that played a role in my part as quarterback for this team. I need to get our guys going and make sure we’re going for the snap.”
Sanders would only see one half and one third quarter drive of playing time finishing 12/18 for 250 yards and three touchdowns before 5th year senior Dru Brown was finally called upon to lead OSU to complete a victorious game.
With a 35-7 lead and 10 minutes left in 3Q, Brown took the field for his debut connecting with redshirt freshman C.J. Moore for a 59-yard touchdown extending the Pokes to 42-7.
“It’s all about the quarterbacks getting it to the right spot,” Moore said. “It’s also me being in the right place for them to throw the ball that’s important. That helps out a lot, and I have to do my job and catch it.”
Brown connected for 7/10 and 142 yards before freshman walk-on Shaun Taylor would take over at quarterback for the final minutes of the game going 4/4 for 21 yards.
It was redshirt senior Philip Redwine-Bryant who solidified the 56-14 win for the Pokes finding himself right in the path of Orgeron’s throw running the intercepted ball all the way to the one yard line for OSU.
A quick handoff to Micah Cooper from Brown drilled the Pokes into the end zone for an eighth time that night plunging them to a massive 56-14 win over McNeese.
“I think he did great,” Sanders said of Brown. “I looked forward to him playing, and I wanted him to play. We’re brothers and love each other, so I was so happy for him.”
Final Game Stats:
- QB Spencer Sanders – 12/15 for 250 yards, 3 TD’s
- QB Dru Brown – 7/10 for 142 yards, 2 TD’s
- WR Tylan Wallace – 180 yards on 5 receptions, 3 TD’s
- RB Chuba Hubbard – 44 yards on 8 carries, 1 TD
- WR Braydon Johnson – 69 yards on 1 carry, 1 TD
- QB Cody Orgeron – 11/22 for 151 yards, 1 TD
- RB D’Andre Hicks – 69 yards on 3 receptions, 1 TD
- WR Trevor Begue – 69 yards on 5 receptions
- RB Justin Pratt – 30 yards on 11 carries rushing
Oklahoma State improves to 2-0 on the season and will face the University of Tulsa on the road Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m.