Beatdown In The ‘Burgh: Cowboys Steamroll Pitt 59-21

 

For the second straight week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hit the road, this time traveling northeast to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in Heinz Field.

All it took was two minutes, the Cowboys marched right up the field in a seven play, 75 yard drive and found the end zone on a 20 yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Justice Hill.

The Cowboys next possession took a little bit longer, but Mason Rudolph connected for his seventh touchdown pass of the season on a 54 yard strike to Dillon Stoner. OSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first.

Mason Rudolph worked some magic, with a collapsed pocket on 3rd and 11, he kept the play alive and found Marcel Ateman for a 69 yard touchdown. OSU continued to roll with a 21-0 lead before the end of the first.

OSU kept firing in the second. In their fastest drive of the game, Jalen McCleskey found the end zone on the receiving end of an eight yard pass from Rudolph. The drive lasted 1:14.  Cowboys up 28-0 with 13:41 remaining in the half.

Make that a pair of touchdowns for McCleskey, on the very next drive, Rudolph hit his inside receiver again for a 40 yard touchdown reception.

Pitt finally found the end zone with less than ten minutes in the half, Chawntez Mos capped off a four play, 87 yard drive with a six yard touchdown run. The Cowboys maintained a comfortable 35-7 lead.

OSU maintained a balanced offensive attack, Justice Hill found the promised land again, a 15 yard touchdown pushing the Cowboys out to a 35 point cushion with 6:15 to go in the second.

Mason Rudolph passed for over 400 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, setting a school record. He connected with McCleskey again, on a 48 yard touchdown pass before the conclusion of the first half.

The Panthers were able to find some success right before halftime, Ben Dinucci hit Rafael Araujo-Lopez for the 14 yard touchdown.

At half, the Cowboys had surged out to a 49-14 lead.

In the third, Mason Rudolph's streak of 216 passes without an interception was broken when he was picked off by Pitt's Avonte Maddox.

However the Cowboy's defense quickly returned the favor, when two plays later, Justin Phillips intercepted a Ben Dinucci pass and returned it for a 10 yard touchdown. That was Phillips' second pick six in as many games.

Oklahoma State made a costly mistake with ten seconds remaining in the third, a high snap was fumbled by Zach Sinor and recovered by Pitt in the end zone to make it 56-21 through three.

With Mason Rudolph on the sidelines in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys, led by Taylor Cornelius were able to put points on the board with a 25 yard field goal by Matt Amendola.

That was the final scoring drive of the game, as Oklahoma State rolled through Pittsburgh and emerged from Week Three with a final score of 59-21 and a record of 3-0.