MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The Oklahoma State Cowboys took care of business today adding an eighth win to their record defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers on their home turf 20-13.
Victory didn’t come easy today for the Pokes, however, and with starting quarterback Spencer Sanders on the sideline with an injured thumb fresh off of surgery, fifth-year transfer Dru Brown was called upon by Mike Gundy, and Brown delivered an electric performance in the fourth quarter to seal the win for OSU.
Wide receiver Dillon Stoner made the connection with Brown for a 2-yard touchdown early in 4Q to put the Cowboys up 17-13, and one field goal later, along with a powerful defense asserting pressure on West Virginia’s quarterback Jarret Doege, secured the win for the Pokes.
Brown, who fell short to Sanders on being named starting quarterback for the 2019 season back in August, finished the game 22-of-29 for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Sanders would find himself sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering an injured thumb against Kansas last weekend. This injury then led to surgery on Monday terminating his ability to finish the season at quarterback for the Cowboys.
“I was really proud of Dru,” Gundy said. “He took care of the ball and didn’t turn it over.”
And that he did not.
The Cowboys didn’t have a single turnover against the Mountaineers, which hadn’t been the case in previous games, but OSU’s offense took care of the ball with smart decisions made for play-calling and efficiency from Brown in his first game as QB1 at OSU.
Brown had 22 starts prior to today’s win over WVU, but none of which had been at Oklahoma State. Today, as an opinion, proved he is able to hold up his end of the deal when called upon.
Stoner, who also proved to be reliable on offense for the Pokes, ended the day with 62 yards on eight receptions for one touchdown, his fifth of the season and fifth in the past three games.
Stoner, however, wasn’t the only “receiver” making noise for the Pokes’ offense.
Cowboy fans were in for a treat and an inside look on just how athletic and talented star running back Chuba Hubbard really is as Offensive Coordinator Sean Gleeson utilized him in both the running and passing game on the offensive side of the ball.
Hubbard, who entered today’s matchup leading the nation in rushing yards at 1,726, picked up 106 yards in rushing and added 88 more in receiving.
As if Hubbard wasn’t already out there proving why he should be named a Heisman Trophy finalist, he may have caught the right attention with his performance today showing his versatility and ability to adjust when asked.
Hubbard, to go along with his 26 carries for 106 yards, saw seven receptions for 88 yards, a career high for the sophomore.
The recognition didn’t stop there for Hubbard as he also surpassed 100 yards for the ninth time this season, which is the longest active streak currently in the FBS.
Although Hubbard didn’t have a touchdown today, the running back has seven games this season with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns, making this the second most in a season in Big 12 history. Texas’ Ricky Williams had eight games like this in 1997.
Hubbard remains as the lead running back in the nation with 1,832 yards, and his teammates, coaches and fanbase continue to push his candidacy as Heisman Trophy candidate with every passing day.
The Cowboys will face their toughest challenge yet to conclude conference play as they face No. 8 Oklahoma in a tale as old as time next Saturday; Bedlam, and this time, it will take place in Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Sooners, who took a thrilling 28-24 win over TCU in Norman tonight, go 10-1 on the season entering the Bedlam matchup, while OSU, who could potentially see a spot or two gained in the Top 25 rankings, advance to 8-3.
West Virginia falls to 4-7 on the season and will wrap up their season against TCU on Friday, Nov. 29, in Fort Worth.