OSU Cowboys Start Season Full-Throttle, Besting Beavers
By: Zachary Barth, Staff Writer
OCCC students say they are excited The Oklahoma State Cowboys started the season at full throttle, scoring more than 50 points in both of their first two games of the season.
In week one, the Cowboys hit the road to play the Oregon State Beavers, winning 52-36.
Braden Sloan, who is a computer science major at OCCC said, “Their run game looked really good but we will see how they do against higher ranked opponents but as of now their offense looked pretty good.”
Entering the season, there were questions about who the quarterback for Oklahoma State would be.
The quarterback battle raged on into game week as coach Mike Gundy said both Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders would likely take snaps at quarterback in the Cowboys’ opener.
Gundy let Sanders lead off the game, and he didn’t turn back, playing so well Brown didn’t even see the field against the Beavers.
Sanders was efficient, completing 19-of-24 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Along with passing, Sanders also rushed 19 times for 103 yards.
Sanders’ main target was wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who had two receiving touchdowns on only five receptions for 92 yards.
When the Cowboy offense was not slinging the ball, they relied on running back Chuba Hubbard to march down field.
Hubbard took the reins and ran 221 yards and three touchdowns on his 26 carries.
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys defense gave up 36 points to the Beavers.
Cowboys linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga led defense in tackles with 10, and he met the quarterback for one sack.
Although the defense failed to force an interception, the defensive backs pressured the quarterback enough to disrupt him.
Beavers quarterback Jake Luton passed 251 yards and three touchdowns, all while completing just 55% of his passes.
The following week, the Cowboys returned to Stillwater to host the McNeese State Cowboys, Louisiana, winning 56-14.
“We’ve got to get a lot better in a number of areas, so we will enjoy this one and continue to work hard and get ready to go on the next one.” Gundy said in the post-game conference against McNeese State.
Sanders again got the nod from Gundy to start after his performance against the Beavers in week 1.
“We were pleased with what we got out of him,” Gundy said about Sanders in a press conference after the Oregon State game.
Sanders finished his second career game against McNeese throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Along with his passing, Sanders ran 51 yards off 12 carries.
Quarterback Drew Brown also saw some game action, which he took advantage of, throwing for 142 yard and two touchdowns.
Once again, wide receiver Wallace had a “field day” recording only five receptions that went for 180 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cowboys defense improved from their performance against the Oregon State Beavers by holding McNeese State scoreless in the first half, and just allowing 14 points.
The Cowboys defense forced two interceptions, one from Philip Redwine-Bryant, and the other from A.J Green, who returned the pick for a defensive touchdown.
The Cowboys will next face a familiar non-conference foe in the Tulsa Golden Hurricane before they travel to Austin for their first big test this season against the Texas Longhorns.