It’s the most decorated week at Oklahoma State. Homecoming. And the Cowboys squared off with one of the Big 12’s best in West Virginia.
OSU, wearing throwback helmets from the 1980’s, looked for their first win against WVU at home since 2012.
West Virginia took the opening drive which resulted in a 36 yard Mike Molina field goal. The Mountaineers had a 3-0 lead.
OSU would come out firing. James Washington hauled in a 33 yard reception which surpassed his numbers from last week against Kansas. He had just a single catch for nine yards. That helped Ben Grogan connect on a 33 yard field goal to tie the game up at 3.
The Cowboys defense would hold on WVU’s next possesion. OSU got it back and Ben Grogan again connected on a field goal, this one from 25 yards to give OSU a 6-3 lead. And that was the score after the first quarter.
West Virginia would score the first touchdown of the game though. Skyler Howard hit Shelton Gibson on a slant and go while OSU had a corner blitz called and it proved costly for the Pokes. The 19 yard strike game West Virginia a 10-6 advantage in the second. It was Gibson’s fourth touchdown reception this season.
West Virginia forced an OSU punt, and got their worst starting field positon of the day at their own 16. OSU would pounce on that. Vincent Taylor sacked Skyler Howard who lost the football. Cole Walterscheid recovered for the Pokes. Two plays later Mason Rudolph found Chris Lacy on a two yard touchdown pass. OSU took the lead back 13-10.
Oklahoma State got the ball back and manufactured a 15 play drive resulting in a Mason Rudolph three yard touchdown pass to Jalen McCleskey. OSU had a 20-10 lead over the Mountaineers. The Cowboys would take that lead into halftime.
Most of the third quarter went by with little action. That is until Ramon Richards intercepted a Skyler Howard pass off the tip. He returned it inside the ten and Mason Rudolph capped off the drive with a two yard touchdown run on a zone read. OSU has 10th ranked West Virginia on the ropes with a 27-10 advantage entering the 4th.
West Virginia cut into the the OSU lead with a 12 yard touchdown run by Skyler Howard on the Mountaineers next possession. OSU still held the ten point lead 27-17.
The Mountaineers pulled even closer on their next possession kicking a 21 yard field goal. Mike Molina put his second on the day through the uprights and OSU was clinging to the 27-20 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.
However, OSU responded on their next drive. Mason Rudolph found Chris Lacy for his second touchdown reception of the day. This time a seven yard strike on a fade into the back of the endzone that gave the Pokes a 34-20 lead with just over five minutes to play.
West Virginia’s mountain for a comeback got much higher when Skyler Howard was picked off for a second time, this time by Kevin Henry. It led to a Ben Grogan 22 yard field goal and the Cowboys lead expanded to 17 again.
Oklahoma State would hang on to pull the upset 37-20. It’s their fourth win in five seasons against a top ten team. The win is 100th in the career of Mike Gundy.
Mason Rudolph was highly impressive finishing 26 of 36, 273 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added one rushing touchdown as well. Chris Lacy proved to be Rudolph’s favorite target. He hauled in three catches, two of which were for touchdowns.
Next for the Cowboys, they travel to Kansas State to take on the Wildcats.