West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Rudolph powers Oklahoma State past No. 10 West Virginia

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Mike Gundy's 100th career win at Oklahoma State was one of his best.

Mason Rudolph threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the Cowboys upset No. 10 West Virginia 37-20 on Saturday.

''It's special for all of us,'' Gundy said of the milestone. ''For me to not say that 100 wins is not special to me is not fair. That means that we're doing well here and we're having success.''

It was Gundy's sixth win over a top-10 team since 2008. The Cowboys are now in position to contend for the Big 12 title.

''They've kind of created a monster here, and the only way to feed it is to win big games like we did today,'' he said. ''And that's just the way it's going to be from this point on.''

Rudolph completed 26 of 36 passes for 273 yards. James Washington had six catches for 117 yards, Chris Lacy caught two touchdown passes and Jalen McCleskey matched a career high with 11 receptions for the Cowboys (6-2, 4-1 Big 12).

''It feels great,'' Lacy said. ''We knew we had a big game coming, and this was a game to go out and make a statement. We wanted to prove that we run the Big 12.''

West Virginia's Skyler Howard passed for 212 yards, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble for the Mountaineers (6-1, 3-1).

''We just didn't play as good as we have the last couple of weeks,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. ''Maybe we're not as good as we thought we were.''

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers hadn't played too tough of a schedule, so it was difficult to tell how good they were. West Virginia, which entered the game 10th in the nation in yards per game with 510 yards per game, finished with 421.

''Honestly, they were doing what we thought they were going to do,'' said West Virginia receiver Daikiel Shorts Jr., who had 8 catches for 82 yards. ''We had stuff that was there. They did exactly what we thought they were going to do, we just didn't execute.''

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are known for their explosive offense, but their defense led the way in this one. Three times, the Cowboys forced turnovers and gained possession inside the West Virginia 15-yard line, leading directly to 17 points.

Gundy said the Cowboys showed great discipline on Ramon Richards' 59-yard interception return in the third quarter and Kevin Henry's 26-yard interception return in the fourth.

''We practice the fumble recovery and the interception, blocking in front of the returner, and not blocking below the waist,'' Gundy said. ''The time that we put into it and the players' ability to focus and absorb that information has paid great dividends for us, and today was a great example.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are looking at a steep drop because they don't have any really strong wins to give them a case to avoid it. They could fall out of the Top 20.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys could re-enter the rankings. They might already have been in the Top 25 if not for a controversial loss to Central Michigan.

INJURY REPORT

Rushel Shell, West Virginia's leading rusher, left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

UP NEXT

West Virginia hosts Kansas on Saturday.

Oklahoma State plays at Kansas State on Saturday.

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Scoreboard
West Virginia #10  (6-1)3701020
Oklahoma State  (6-2) «61471037
Players of the Game
Mountaineers

S. Howard
Att 39
Comp 24
Yds 212
TD 1
Cowboys

M. Rudolph
Att 36
Comp 26
Yds 273
TD 3
Scoring Summary
WVUMike Molina 36 yard field goal
OKLASTBen Grogan 32 yard field goal
OKLASTBen Grogan 25 yard field goal
WVUShelton Gibson 19 yard TD pass from Skyler Howard (Mike Molina Extra Point)
OKLASTChris Lacy 5 yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph (Ben Grogan Extra Point)
OKLASTJalen McCleskey 3 yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph (Ben Grogan Extra Point)
OKLASTMason Rudolph 2 yard TD run (Ben Grogan Extra Point)
WVUSkyler Howard 12 yard TD run (Mike Molina Extra Point)
WVUMike Molina 21 yard field goal
OKLASTChris Lacy 7 yard TD pass from Mason Rudolph (Ben Grogan Extra Point)
OKLASTBen Grogan 22 yard field goal
 
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 WVUOKLAST
First Downs2717
Third Down Efficiency8-168-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards80-42167-358
Rushes-Yds41-20931-85
Passing Yds212273
Kick Return Yds2751
Punt Return Yds17
Passes24-39-226-36-0
Punts3-1364-179
Fumbles-Lost1-10-0
Penalties-Yds6-463-30
Time of Poss.30:929:51
 
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RUSHING
WVU: Justin Crawford 14-87, Kennedy McKoy 10-83, Rushel Shell III 7-38, Jovon Durante 1-20, Skyler Howard 8--17
OKLAST: Justice Hill 19-54, Chris Carson 5-15, Mason Rudolph 5-10, Barry Sanders 1-5, Rennie Childs 1-1
PASSING
WVU: Skyler Howard 24-39-212-2
OKLAST: Mason Rudolph 26-36-273-0
RECEIVING
WVU: Daikiel Shorts Jr. 8-82, Ka'Raun White 6-60, Jovon Durante 3-9, Shelton Gibson 2-33, Justin Crawford 2-8, Devonte Mathis 1-13, Kennedy McKoy 1-4, Rushel Shell III 1-3
OKLAST: Jalen McCleskey 11-66, James Washington 6-117, Chris Lacy 3-31, Jhajuan Seales 3-21, Blake Jarwin 1-23, Zac Veatch 1-8, Chris Carson 1-7
 
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TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
West Virginia2nd Big 12 7-210-3
Oklahoma State2nd Big 12 7-210-3

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