Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

No. 6 Oklahoma State faces No. 16 TCU's tough defense

No. 6 Oklahoma State faces No. 16 TCU's tough defense

No. 16 TCU ended up making the biggest statement of the day at No. 6 Oklahoma State: Never underestimate a team coach by Gary Patterson.

On the other side, TCU quarterback Kenny Hill was 22 of 33 for 228 yards with a touchdown and a pick - a safe and conservative passing plan that complemented the Horned Frogs' dominating run game: 238 total yards, including a career-high 160 and three touchdowns from Darius Anderson.

After Oklahoma State's 3-0 start, there were those already looking ahead to the November 4 Oklahoma Sooners game. Oklahoma State has wins of 35, 37 and 38. "I can not imagine what it's like to be a defensive coordinator having to match up with an offense this in sync".

TCU turned that low expectation to their favor in a game that will likely move them into the top ten in the AP poll, as they played keep away and forced four turnovers that led to a 44-31 victory in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has been stellar in his first three games, passing for 1,135 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception.

If Rudolph hasn't been electric enough on offense by himself, a trio of the Cowboys receivers - James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey - each have caught three touchdowns already this season.

After the Cowboys' 44-31 home loss to TCU Saturday, Rudolph's doubters won't be convinced he's first-round material for the 2018 National Football League draft. Oklahoma State's offense has been outstanding to this point. Georgia is legit, and probably one of the most complete teams in the country. Big time. And they got one, knocking off resurgent OR 37-35. Then came last season's 6-7 record. Colorado sports a solid defense that only allows 9 points per game.

Spencer circled three categories on his stat sheet: TCU's total offensive plays and yards, TCU's punts and OSU's penalties and yards.

David Sills V had 130 yards and two TDs receiving, and Kennedy McKoy also reached the end zone twice, as the Mountaineers (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat Kansas (1-3, 0-1) for the sixth time in seven meetings.

Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph has placed himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion. No FBS team had as many reach the feat in a game since 2005. But TCU emphatically announced its return to being a contender and stole the spotlight that had been shining on Stillwater.

Saturday's Big 12 opener between No. 16 TCU and No. 6 Oklahoma State in Boone Pickens Stadium is officially sold out. Jimbo Fisher is a good bet to salvage a season for the Seminoles, but there are far fewer soft spots on the ACC schedule these days. Last week, he held Courtland Sutton to only one catch for zero yards.

However, many times the offense had chances to get something going, the defense had double to stop TCU's momentum. The Cowboys had been moving the ball well despite being behind and this was the play that would bring OSU back into the good graces of the fans and media - both who had idolized this offense.

Leaving Saturday, there is a new best challenger to the Sooners: TCU.

TCU got the ball and marched to a 29-yard field goal by Jonathan Song. "We as coaches, me specifically, have got to say, 'Hey, we all own this".

For the Oklahoma State Cowboys, not only are they winning games, but also blasting their opponents. Colorado knows they are better than the 41-10 drumming they received at the paws of the Huskies a year ago.

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