STILLWATER, Okla. — With a strong homecoming showing, Oklahoma State assured that it remains in the Big 12 title picture.
Saturday’s 59-16 victory against Baylor pushed the Bears to 0-6, but the Cowboys’ relentless offense, the one that positioned them as a College Football Playoff darkhorse before the season began, was on display. After a punt on their opening drive, the Cowboys rattled off five consecutive touchdowns, taking a comfortable 35-10 lead into the locker room.
The offensive onslaught, which came on the ground and through the air, certainly leaves belief the Cowboys are a conference title contender.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the game.
Even when he’s inconsistent, Mason Rudolph is great
The Oklahoma State quarterback was far from perfect Saturday. A knack for overthrowing pestered him early. Some of his connections deep left more to be desired; despite completed passes, underthrows prevented plays from going for more yardage.
And yet, Rudolph threw for over 300 yards for the seventh straight game and reached 400 yards for the seventh time in his career, tying Brandon Weeden fo and was responsible for 4 touchdowns. With the victory, he earned his first against the Bears and can now claim victories over each Big 12 team in his career. The Cowboys will need him to be more precise against tougher competition, but there’s comfort in knowing that Rudolph can shred up opposing defenses regardless.
Marcell Ateman’s value goes beyond receiving
James Washington gets all the attention (deservedly; he finished with more than 200 yards), but Ateman is proving to be an incredible No. 2 receiver. It goes beyond his presence as a ball-catcher, though.
The senior had 4 catches for 119 yards, including an impressive touchdown, but his biggest impact arguably came on a play he didn’t touch the ball. On Justice Hill’s 79-yard touchdown run, Ateman provided a firm block on a Baylor defender, giving Hill space along the sideline to score.
Oklahoma State’s defense can play
Baylor’s offense is not overly imposing, but its a team that scored 41 against Oklahoma and managed 20 against a tough Kansas State squad. The Cowboys’ first unit held the Bears to 16 points into the fourth quarter.
After the Bears struck for 75 yards on a touchdown drive to open the game, they managed only 199 to end of the third quarter and didn’t find the end zone again. Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer expects a lot out of his players, and he got it as the Cowboys improved to 5-1.
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