CORVALLIS, Ore., Sporting Alert – Chuba Hubbard ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns to help Oklahoma State open its season with a 52-36 victory over Oregon State in a college football game on Friday night.
The sophomore running back carried the ball 26 times on Friday night on an average of 8.5 yards per carry, while he ran for a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Hubbard also rushed for two and six-yard touchdowns in the win for the Cowboys in a game that was delayed for a few minutes early in the second half because the coaching staffs were stuck in the elevator at Reser Stadium.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders went 19-of-24 on completed passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State.
“I was nervous, it’s my first game,” Sanders said. “But Chuba, he was helping me a lot.
“He kept getting my mind off it. Watching him open up on that first drive it gave me a shock of electricity.”
Tylan Wallace taking two scoring catches and C.J. Moore also pulling down a catch for a score for the Cowboys, who tallied 555 total yards, including 352 yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, Jake Luton went 23-of-41 on completed passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns with an interception for Oregon State.
“Not good enough,” Luton said after the defeat. “If we want to win games, we’ve got to play better on both sides of the ball.”
Isaiah Hodgins caught nine passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers, while Tyjon Lindsey had one catch for a score in the defeat.
On the ground, Jack Colletto ran for a score in the fourth quarter, while Jermar Jefferson rushed 16 times for 87 yards and Artavis Pierce ran with the ball eight times for 53 yards.
Oklahoma State trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but took over the contest in the second quarter after scoring three touchdowns for a 31-16 halftime lead.
“I told our team, game one, we’ve got to learn a ton about ourselves,” Oregon State second-year coach Jonathan Smith said about the team’s opener. “We’ve got to watch this tape tomorrow and look at the details and find ways to improve.
“Long football season ahead of us, we’ve got an opportunity next to play another game and play better football and that’s what I’m gonna ask these guys to do. And I know they’ll do it.”
Oklahoma State will play host to McNeese next Saturday in Stillwater, while Oregon State makes the trip Hawaii next Saturday.