STILLWATER, Okla., Sporting Alert — Mason Rudolph threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and No. 10 Oklahoma State pounded Tulsa 59-24 in a college football season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Rudolph, who starts the season as the front runner to win the Heisman Trophy, had a flawless outing and he completed 20 of his 24 pass attempts and ran for a touchdown in the win at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Cowboys jumped out to a powerful 21-0 lead in the opening quarter and went into the halftime break with a 37-17 lead.
Oklahoma State held Tulsa scoreless again in the third quarter, this time putting up 14 unanswered points to put the game beyond reach.
“Scoring early, scoring often is something we haven’t done in the past,” said Rudolph, who played just three quarters after leaving the game with OSU leading 52-17 to begin the fourth quarter.
“We would kind of sputter in the first quarter. I was happy with the way we jumped on them quick, I don’t think it could have started any better.”
“We knew we had a good game plan going in,” Rudolph said after the win.
“They brought a lot of pressure, and I think we combated it well.”
With his tally on Thursday night, Rudolph joined Brandon Weeden as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to exceed 9,000 career passing yards.
Meanwhile, Justice Hill ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, J.D. King finished with 95 yards and a score and LD Brown had 92 and a touchdown for Oklahoma State, which outgained Tulsa 640-432.
Standout receiver James Washington, who was named a preseason AP All-American, took six catches for 145 yards, including scoring receptions of 77 and 40 yards for the Cowboys.
Washington, with his total on Thursday, surpassed 3,000 career yards receiving, but remains in fourth place on the school list in that category.
“We have a long ways to go, but we had a good start,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
Corey Taylor II ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns for Tulsa in the defeat, while, Chad President, who won the starting role over Luke Skipper, passed for 178 yards on 18 of 35 attempts and ran for another 69 yards.
Despite the defeat Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery was proud of his team’s fighting spirit.
“I’m proud of our guys continuing to fight and grind,” Montgomery said. “You know, we’re young, but that’s not an excuse.
“We’ve got to step up and be ready to play. We’ll go back and look at this tape and get an opportunity to correct those mistakes.”