Cowboys Cruise in Opener With Blowout Win

Oklahoma State's football team opened their season at home against Southeastern Louisiana and dominated from the start in a 61-7 rout.

After the Cowboys had to punt on the opening possession of the game, the Lions muffed the punt, with Madre Harper recovering the ball in the end zone for an OSU touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

S.E. Louisiana gave it right back on the first offensive possession, with D'Shaie Landor getting stripped and Tre Flowers recovered at the Lions 36-yard line.

OSU took advantage of the field position, as Chris Carson scored on a 10-yard run to make it 14-0 Cowboys with 10:50 to play in the first quarter.

The Cowboys added to the lead the next time they got the ball, as Mason Rudolph lofted a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jhajuan Seales, putting the Pokes up 21-0 with 8:10 to play in the first quarter.

OSU's next possession was another touchdown, with Barry J. Sanders scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run, one play after catching a screen pass and making some nifty moves for a gain of 17 yards.

The Sanders touchdown made it 28-0 Cowboys with 4:24 to play in the first quarter.

It looked like OSU had added to the lead when Sanders returned a punt that appeared to be for a touchdown, but officials ruled he was down just short of the goal line, making it a 57-yard return.

Two plays later, Rudolph fumbled the snap and the Lions recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Early in the second quarter OSU added to the lead on a 32-yard field goal by Ben Grogan to make it 31-0 Cowboys with 12:42 to play in the first half.

S.E. Louisiana got on the board for the first time later in the second quarter as Kaelyn Henderson found a gap and went 26 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-7 with 5:41 to play in the quarter.

OSU added to their lead early in the second half, when Devante Averette stripped the ball loose and after trying to recover the fumble, made a basketball-like save before the ball could go out of bounds, flipping back to Ramon Richards, who ran it in for the touchdown, putting the Cowboys up 38-7 with 14:38 to play in the third quarter.

S.E. Louisiana moved into field goal range on their next possession, but Jonathon Tatum had his 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by Vincent Taylor, keeping the score 38-7.

Rudolph had left the game with OSU up big in the second quarter, but returned in the third quarter to help build the lead.

Rudolph escaped the rush, avoided a sack, spinning and finding Seales for a 16-yard touchdown to put OSU on top 45-7 with 3:40 to play in the third quarter.

Rudolph threw for 188 yards on 18 of 26 passing, while Seales had 3 catches for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Lions gave the ball right back a few moments later on an errant pitch that was recovered by Jerel Morrow of OSU at the S.E. Louisiana 19-yard line.

The Lions finished with four turnovers and just 203 total yards.

That set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeff Carr three plays later, giving OSU a 52-7 lead with 2:13 to go in the third quarter.

Carr was one of nine Cowboys to carry the ball, and led all OSU rushers with 42 yards.

Early in the 4th quarter, a Grogan field goal from 28 yards out made it 55-7 Cowboys.

Then with Taylor Cornelius at quarterback, he marched the Cowboys 90 yards in 15 plays, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 61-7 with 3:00 to play.

OSU is 10-2 in season openers under head coach Mike Gundy.