Oklahoma State returns to Boone Pickens Stadium tonight coming off a hot 52-36 win over Oregon State to host the McNeese Cowboys in the first home game of the 2019 season.
It’s a battle of the Cowboys as both teams come in with a 1-0 start to the season after McNeese defeated Southern University in a home opener for the Cowboys 34-28.
OSU has won 23 consecutive home openers, which makes this the longest running streak in school history, and OSU has an 84-28-5 overall record in home openers.
Oklahoma State Football has won 43 of its past 49 home openers outscoring its opponents 708-206 during the Mike Gundy era in Stillwater for an average score of 51-15.
Much like last week against the Beavers, tonight’s game will be the first-ever matchup between Oklahoma State and McNeese. OSU, however, has come face-to-face several times with schools that are currently in the FCS Southland Conference maintaining a 5-0 record.
Coach Gundy hangs on to a 4-0 career record against schools in the Southland Conference and an 11-0 record against FCS opponents. With Gundy as head coach, Oklahoma State’s average score against FCS teams is 50-9.
Last week against the Beavers, OSU set a school record for points scored in a season opener on the road finishing with 52 total points. Freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders made his debut for the Cowboys after redshirting last season under Taylor Cornelius.
Sanders, for now, is set on the depth chart to start again tonight against McNeese after throwing for 203 yards against Oregon State, showing immense athleticism throughout the duration of the game, and running the ball for 109 yards against the Beavers.
Key Players to Watch:
- Chuba Hubbard – 221 yards rushing, 3 TD’s against Oregon State
- Preseason All-Big 12 Team
- Maxwell Award Watchlist
- OSU Offensive MVP vs. Oregon State
- Tylan Wallace – 5 receptions, 92 yards, 2 TD’s against Oregon State
- AP Preseason All-America First Team
- ESPN Preseason All-America First Team
- Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Second Team
- Amen Ogbongbeimga – 10 total tackles, 11 yards tackled for loss
- Elijah Mack – 12 touches, 45 rushing yards, 1 TD
- Justin Pratt – 11 touches, 39 rushing yards
- Trevor Begue – 3 receptions, 50 yards, 2 TD’s
- Kordell Williams – 7 total tackles, 6 yards tackled for loss
- Cody Orgeron (QB) – 33 rushing yards, 147 yards thrown connecting for 15-22
- LSU head coach Ed Orgeron’s son
Oklahoma State and McNeese kickoff tonight in Boone Pickens Stadium at 6 p.m.