Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

No. 9 Oklahoma State's passing game pounces on Pitt

No. 9 Oklahoma State's passing game pounces on Pitt

The ninth-ranked Cowboys eventually had mercy, pulling Rudolph in the third quarter of an eventual 59-21 victory. Washington's 29 receiving touchdowns are the most among active players in the FBS.

Rudolph obviously did an outstanding job spreading the ball around.

If you had any doubts about Oklahoma State and its high-powered offense, all you had to do was watch its first half performance on the road against Pittsburgh.

Rudolph's only flaw Saturday was an interception in the third quarter that ended his school-record streak of 216 consecutive passes without an interception. Washington had three catches for 68 yards. DiNucci guided the Panthers to touchdowns on his first two drives but fizzled in the second half, completing 13 of 25 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

Oklahoma State had four 100-yard receivers on the day - Jalen McCleskey (seven receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns), James Washington (five for 124), Marcell Ateman (four for 109 and a score) and Dillon Stoner (5, 100, 1) - the first time that has happened in major college football in 12 years. Mayfield was brilliant against the Buckeyes, and after throwing for 715 yards and six touchdowns without an interception over the first two weeks of the season deservedly put himself among the top Heisman Trophy candidates in college football. The Cowboys did it despite missing LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. After the Oklahoma State defense scored on an interception return to make the score 56-14, Rudolph was removed from the game to give backup Taylor Cornelius reps.

But back to that first half. OSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first. It's not a good look for a team that knocked off Clemson and Penn State just one season ago.

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