Start early and start fast. Through three games Oklahoma State has outscored its opponents 59-0 in the first quarter. The Cowboys started fast and didn’t slow down in their 59-21 win vs. Pittsburgh, where they scored 49 of those points in the first half.
Mason Rudolph led OSU to 516 yards of total offense, just 56 yards less than its average per game in the first two games. Rudolph continues to have the Panthers number as he breaks his own OSU record from a year ago. The 423 passing yards in the first half breaks the OSU record for passing yards in a half, which he set a year ago against Pitt. That record is second in the Big 12 behind Baylor’s Seth Russel of 438 in 2014.
Rudolph continues to utilize the depth at wide receiver as he connected with seven Cowboys, four of which went for 100 or more yards. He started early finding Jalen McClesky and Dillon Stoner before Justice Hill found the end zone on a 20 yard run. He was back at it next drive finding Stoner through the air for 54 yards and the sole possession of best team in the country on plays of 30+ yards. Rudolph find his receivers for four more touchdowns and a total of 497 yards before backup Taylor Cornelius entered the game in the 3rd. Rudolph wasn’t without blemish as his active FBS leading 216 pass completions without an interception came to and end; the streak started November 5, 2016 vs. Kansas State.
This win wasn’t just the offense’s game as the Cowboys forced the Pittsburgh starting quarterback, Max browne, out of the game early and picked the replacement Ben Dinucci off twice. The defense came up big on third down allowing only five of 15 third-down conversions.
The high-powered Oklahoma State offense will be back on the field next Saturday in Stillwater vs. #20 TCU.