The Oklahoma State Football team looks to wrap up its final non-conference scheduled matchup against the University of Tulsa today with a 72-mile trip up the Turner Turnpike and a chance to unite Oklahomans for an afternoon of college football.
OSU leads the series against Tulsa 40-27-5, while TU holds tight to a 21-15-2 record on its home field. The two teams have met 72 times, today being the 73rd meeting, dating back to 1914, and TU is one of two schools OSU has faced more than any other team, the other being Oklahoma.
Head coach for the Cowboys Mike Gundy holds a 3-0 record against the Golden Hurricane, while TU coach Phillip Montgomery is 0-1 against the Cowboys with a 59-24 loss to the Pokes in Stillwater on Aug. 31, 2017.
OSU and TU agreed to an eight-year scheduling matchup in May and will meet annually from 2024 to 2031, with OSU hosting the meetings in odd years and Tulsa hosting at H.A. Chapman Stadium in even years. Stillwater, however, has landed the Tulsa meeting in 2020 and 2021, and the Golden Hurricane will be back in Boone Pickens Stadium the next two years to keep the Turnpike Classic alive and well.
The Cowboys enter today’s game at 2-0 after a 52-36 win over Oregon State in Corvallis and a 56-14 win over McNeese in Boone Pickens Stadium, and the Pokes are just one of four FBS teams to score more than 50 points in their first two matchups of the season. They join teams like Maryland, Washington State and Baylor.
A win today in Tulsa would give the Cowboys a seventh straight win over the Golden Hurricane and their 11th win in the past 13 meetings with Tulsa. A win today would also improve Gundy to a 5-2 record against teams in the American Athletic Conference.
OSU has won 27 of its last 37 games overall and is 18-6 in its last 24 games decided by less than 10 points. All eyes will be on the offense today as OSU has scored on its opening drive in eight of its past 11 games, and Spencer Sanders is set, according to the recent depth chart, to take the field for the Cowboys as QB1 for the third consecutive week.
Dru Brown saw notable playing time last week against McNeese going 7/10 for 142 yards, and my guess is that Cowboy fans will have another chance to see what QB2 is capable of again this week.
Tulsa comes in today riding a 1-1 record after falling to Michigan State in its season opener in Michigan 28-7. Tulsa got its first win of the season against San Jose State in California at 34-16, and today will mark the first home game of the 2019 season for the Golden Hurricane.
“It’s a great in-state game,” Gundy said. “It’s a road game for us, but for Oklahoma State essentially, it’s another home game. It’s a great matchup for both teams, and it’s a great opportunity to unite both OSU fans and TU fans.”
Today’s game also marks a special day for not only the football team, but Cowboy fans everywhere as the players will debut a “BOONE” sticker on their helmets in honor and memory of Cowboy extraordinaire and donor T. Boone Pickens who passed away at age 91 on Sept. 11, 2019.
Key Players to Watch:
- QB Spencer Sanders – 31/42/0 C-A-I, 453 yards, 6 TD’s
- QB Dru Brown – 7/10/0 C-A-I, 142 yards, 2 TD’s
- WR Tylan Wallace – 10 Rec., 272 yards, 5 TD’s
- RB Chuba Hubbard – 34 ATT, 265 yards, 4 TD’s
- WR C.J. Moore – 3 Rec., 75 yards, 2 TD’s
- WR Braydon Johnson – 1 Rec., 69 yards, 1 TD
- QB Zach Smith – 37/55/1 C-A-I, 436 yards, 2 TD’s
- RB Shamari Brooks – 35 ATT, 140 yards, 1 TD
- RB TK Wilkerson – 15 ATT, 92 yards, 2 TD’s
- WR Sam Crawford Jr. – 14 Rec., 186 yards, 1 TD
Oklahoma State and Tulsa kickoff today at H.A. Chapman Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CST.
Prediction: OSU | 42 Tulsa | 24