Gearing up for game day: Cowboys prepare for home-opener against Lamar
STILLWATER, Okla.- After a week of being in the national spotlight, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are ready to get back to the gridiron on Saturday.
The undefeated Pokes host their home-opener against unranked Lamar on Saturday evening.
The Cowboys high-powered offense is expected to take center stage in the matchup after defeating the Roadrunners 56-35 last week.
Coming off a record-setting performance against UTSA, J.W. Walsh is expected to spread the ball around the field.
Last week, Walsh completed 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
His 88.9 completion percentage set a new OSU record for single-game completion percentage with a minimum of 20 pass attempts.
If Lamar can somehow stop the pass, the Cowboys will turn to its running game.
Running back Jeremy Smith is averaging five yards per run and has already recorded three touchdowns this season.
In addition to being the starting quarterback, Walsh has also scored two rushing touchdowns this season.
The Cardinals will also have trouble stopping OSU once it makes it into the Red Zone.
Oklahoma State has scored touchdowns every time it made it into the Red Zone and have not committed a turnover this season.
On the defensive side, linebacker Caleb Lavey and defensive end Tyler Johnson lead the team in tackles on running plays.
Lamar is coming off a heartbreaking 27-14 loss at Louisiana Tech.
The Cardinals had a first-half pass intercepted in the end zone and fumbled late in the fourth quarter as they were driving down the field.
However, Lamar still ranks first in the Southland Conference in total offense, averaging just under 489 yards per game, including a league-best 369 through the air.
In the first two games, the Cardinals are holding opponents to 13.5 points per game and rank near the top of the league in pass defense efficiency, total defense and pass defense.
The Cowboys are the highest-ranked team from the Big 12 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
The Texas team is hopeful since Lamar has never lost a game against a team from Oklahoma.
However, sticking with tradition bods well for OSU; the Cowboys have not lost a home opener since 1995.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium.
The game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest/ FS Oklahoma.
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