The Oklahoma State Cowboys opened up the 2017 season with a Turnpike Classic, hosting in-state rival Tulsa. The two teams had not met since 2011.
Unlike last meeting, no rain delay would keep this game from getting underway. In fact it was the Cowboys who made it rain all on their own, en route to a 59-24 victory over their in-state opponent.
Just over two minutes into the game, Mason Rudolph connected with Tyron Johnson for a 44 yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys took a 7-0 lead and Rudolph was 4-5 in the opening drive.
On the Cowboys second drive, Oklahoma State found the end zone yet again as Rudolph hit James Washington for the 40 yard touchdown reception. OSU went up 14-0 with a little over six minutes left in the first quarter.
After a 49 yard reception by Marcell Ateman, Sophomore Justice Hill punched it in for the Cowboys, OSU took a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter the Golden Hurricane got on the board when, Jalen McCleskey fumbled a punt return, and Tulsa recovered in the endzone to make it a 21-6 game.
But on the ensuing possession for Oklahoma State, true Freshman J.D. King was handed the ball, and on his second carry in a college game, took it 71 yards to the house. The Cowboys regained their 21 point lead with a score of 28-7 early in the second quarter.
Tulsa scored their first offensive touchdown of the night when Corey Taylor capped off a 13 play, 75 yard drive, with a three yard touchdown run. The Golden Hurricane cut the Cowboys lead 28-14 with 6:18 until half.
After the Cowboys offense could not finish a drive that took them inside the red zone, Matt Amendola was good for a 24 yard field goal, to push the Cowboys up 31-14.
Once Mason Rudolph got the ball back, he punished Tulsa's defense for leaving Washington with only one defender. Rudolph found No. 28 for a 77 yard touchdown, and the Cowboys went up 38-14 before half.
With under a minute remaining in the half, a Mason Rudolph interception led to a Tulsa field goal to make the score 38-17 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, the Cowboy offense continued to roll, Mason Rudolph found the end zone on his own with a one yard quarterback sneak to make it a 45-17 game.
With just under three minutes left in the third, it was the defense's time to shine. Kenneth Edison-McGruder recovered a Tulsa fumble and ran it 82 yards back for a Cowboy touchdown and putting OSU up 52-17.
Freshman LaDarren Brown added a cherry on top for Oklahoma State in the 4th quarter, when he ran it in from 15 yards out.
Oklahoma State won their 22nd consecutive home opener with a final score of 59-24 over Tulsa.