The Oklahoma State Cowboys sit at a 2-0 record to start the 2019 season after securing a 56-14 victory over the McNeese Cowboys this past Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium.
This victory would be the 24th consecutive home opener win for the Pokes continuing the longest streak in school history. Head coach Mike Gundy also now has a 12-0 record against FCS schools knocking off McNeese in the two teams’ first-ever matchup.
Next up for the Pokes is what has been named the Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic where OSU will travel to Tulsa to face the University of Tulsa Hurricanes for the 73rd time dating back to 1914.
The Cowboys have won the past six games in the series where a 59-24 win in Stillwater back in 2017 was the most recent. This matchup will be marked as the Pokes’ first trip to H.A. Chapman Stadium since the 2011 season where tragedy struck one former OSU assistant.
Former defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was on the sideline backing up Bill Young during OSU’s matchup with Tulsa when he received the news that his wife, Angela, had passed away due to a heart condition.
“That was during the [lightning] delay when someone told me,” Gundy said. “We sent Glenn on, and he left. It was difficult because we had been close with her [Angela] during that process. She had become close with our group. Glenn told us to carry on and do what we needed to do.”
OSU would go on to win 59-33 after a three and a half hour rain delay, and this Saturday will be the first time for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys to return to the University of Tulsa since then. Tulsa stands as one of two schools OSU has faced more than any other team; the other being Oklahoma.
This game being the final non-conference game before the Cowboys head to Austin to battle Texas to kick off Big 12 play, Gundy said he has high expectations for this game and for his players coming out ready and powerful.
“I like running the football,” Gundy said. “I believe in rushing the football myself, but we have to take advantage of what the defense gives us. Offense determines tempo, and defense determines what the plays are going to be. That’s been our motto over the last 15 years here.”
The OSU offense threw together 413 receiving yards compared to 167 rushing yards utilizing players like Tylan Wallace, Braydon Johnson, and C.J. Moore. All three combined for 308 yards and five touchdowns.
Tulsa sits at a 1-1 record falling to Michigan State in its season opener 28-7, but the Golden Hurricanes are coming off a hot 34-16 win over San Jose State where quarterback Zach Smith connected on 21/28 for 283 yards and one touchdown.
“It should be a really good game being an in-state matchup,” Gundy said. “There will be a lot of Tulsa people, as well as a lot of OSU people, which will be so great for these guys. We’re going to put a game plan together in all three phases and get back to work tomorrow.”
The Cowboys and the Golden Hurricanes kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CST in Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 14.