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Rudolph has 5 TD passes, No. 9 Oklahoma St. beats Pitt 59-21

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mason Rudolph's message to the rest of the Oklahoma State offense was simple. Playing half a country away from home against a Pittsburgh team that took the Cowboys to the wire a year ago, Rudolph didn't want to leave anything to chance in the rematch.

''We wanted to come out and blow the top off this thing,'' Rudolph said.

Done. And then some.

Rudolph gave his Heisman Trophy campaign an eye-popping kick start by throwing five touchdown passes during an immaculate first half to help No. 9 Oklahoma State rout the Panthers 59-21 on Saturday.

The Cowboys (3-0) reached the end zone on each of their first seven possessions, piling up 516 yards in the process, a school record for most yards in one half.

''I didn't even pay attention to it,'' Rudolph said. ''I knew we scored a lot.''

Rudolph finished 23 of 32 for 497 yards before being pulled in the middle of the third quarter with Oklahoma State up by 42. He did throw his first interception of the season, ending a streak of 216 passes without a pick dating to November. He had 423 yards passing in the first half to break his own school record.

''Mason is a workaholic,'' Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. ''He prides himself on being the Peyton Manning, the Tom Brady of college football. He prides himself on it and he backs it up.''

Rudolph lit up Pitt for 540 yards passing in a tense 45-38 victory in Stillwater last September. A year later, the Panthers were no better at keeping Rudolph in check.

Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. James Washington added 124 yards receiving. Marcell Ateman (109) and Dillon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard receiving mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard receivers in a game. The Cowboys did it despite missing LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.

As they did last season, Pitt played a significant amount of man coverage, though they did occasionally bring another body to keep tabs on Washington, who had 296 yards receiving last season. All it did was create matchup issues in other places.

''Pretty much everything we wanted was open ... especially Jalen,'' Rudolph said. ''He just had the middle of the field on lock down.''

The Panthers did attempt to bring pressure at times, but Rudolph expertly extended plays. He broke away from a potential sack in the first quarter and heaved the ball downfield to Ateman, who sidestepped a defender for a 69-yard touchdown strike to put the Cowboys up three touchdowns before the game was 12 minutes old.

It never got any better for Pitt.

''That's about the worst day you can have at the office,'' Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said.

QB QUANDRY

Narduzzi tried to avoid a quarterback controversy after last week's loss to Penn State by sticking with struggling graduate transfer quarterback Max Browne instead of sophomore Ben DiNucci.

Narduzzi likely can't avoid it any longer. Browne was pulled in the second quarter after completing 7 of 10 passes for 60 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.

''We have a decision to make,'' Narduzzi said.

HEISMAN HYPE

While allowing there are great players all over the country, including Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Southern California's Sam Darnold, Gundy is OK with throwing his quarterback into the Heisman conversation.

''I like our guy,'' Gundy said. ''I like where he's at. I like what he does for Oklahoma State football.''

Asked if he considers Rudolph a Heisman candidate, running back Justice Hill just nodded.

''For sure,'' Hill said. ''Top. Top.''

MORE NUMBERS

The Cowboys have outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter this season. Justin Phillips' 10-yard interception return early in the second half gave Oklahoma State defensive scores in each of the first three games.

Oklahoma State's 49 points in the first half were the most given up by Pitt since it allowed 52 in a 72-0 loss to Ohio State in 1996.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys can take their hyper-tempo offense anywhere and opponents have far more to fear than Mason-to-Washington. By the time Washington caught his first pass, a seven-yard hookup midway through the second quarter, Oklahoma State was already up five touchdowns.

Pitt: Any headway the defense made in a respectable performance a week ago against the Nittany Lions vanished in the span of a quarter. The Panthers played man coverage on the outside in hopes of bringing pressure on Rudolph, a plan that misfired badly a year ago and was no better at home. Pitt will get suspended safety Jordan Whitehead back next week.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State: Welcomes No. 20 TCU to Boone Pickens Stadium in Big 12 opener on Saturday. Cowboys have won two straight over the Horned Frogs.

Pitt: Begins Atlantic Coast Conference play at Georgia Tech next Saturday. The teams have split four meetings since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2012.

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Key Players
M. Rudolph 2 QB
497 YDs, 5 TDs, 1 INTs
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
89 YDs, 1 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:11
49-M.Ammendola 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
5
yds
04:49
pos
59
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:08
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
56
21
Touchdown 0:14
to OKS End Zone FUMBLES. 15-J.Pinnock runs no gain for a touchdown.
1
plays
80
yds
0:00
pos
56
20
Point After TD 9:54
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
56
14
Touchdown 10:00
3-B.DiNucci incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 19-J.Phillips at PIT 10. 19-J.Phillips runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
10
yds
0:00
pos
55
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:16
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
49
14
Point After TD 3:40
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
49
7
Touchdown 3:40
2-M.Rudolph complete to 1-J.McCleskey. 1-J.McCleskey runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
31
yds
01:49
pos
48
7
Point After TD 6:15
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
7
Touchdown 6:15
5-J.Hill runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
24
yds
03:05
pos
41
7
Point After TD 9:25
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
7
Touchdown 9:25
26-C.Moss runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
29
yds
01:51
pos
35
6
Point After TD 11:22
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
0
Touchdown 11:22
2-M.Rudolph complete to 1-J.McCleskey. 1-J.McCleskey runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
7
yds
00:39
pos
34
0
Point After TD 13:41
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
0
Touchdown 13:51
2-M.Rudolph complete to 1-J.McCleskey. 1-J.McCleskey runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
46
yds
1:42
pos
27
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:33
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
0
Touchdown 3:33
2-M.Rudolph complete to 3-M.Ateman. 3-M.Ateman runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
22
yds
01:32
pos
20
0
Point After TD 7:46
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 7:46
2-M.Rudolph complete to 17-D.Stoner. 17-D.Stoner runs 54 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
53
yds
03:16
pos
13
0
Point After TD 13:00
49-M.Ammendola extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:00
5-J.Hill runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
17
yds
02:00
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 17
Rushing 7 8
Passing 19 9
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 10-14 5-15
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 673 369
Total Plays 72 69
Avg Gain 9.3 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 104 103
Rush Attempts 35 34
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 3.0
Net Yards Passing 569 266
Comp. - Att. 26-37 20-35
Yards Per Pass 15.4 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 2-22
Penalties - Yards 10-80 6-40
Touchdowns 8 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 5 1
Other 1 1
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 1-45.0 6-48.7
Return Yards 58 85
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-41 5-85
Int. - Returns 2-17 1-0
Kicking 9/9 3/4
Extra Points 8/8 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
9 Oklahoma State 3-0 21287359
Pittsburgh 1-2 0147021
569 PASS YDS 266
104 RUSH YDS 103
673 TOTAL YDS 369
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Rudolph 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.9% 497 5 1 247.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.3% 1135 11 1 210.3
M. Rudolph 23/32 497 5 1
T. Cornelius 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 75 0 0 186.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 80 0 0 153.1
T. Cornelius 3/5 75 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hill 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 91 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 250 3
J. Hill 11 91 2 20
J. King 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 35 0
J. King 16 35 0 6
L. Brown 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 138 1
L. Brown 4 8 0 6
M. Rudolph 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 18 2
M. Rudolph 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. McCleskey 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 162 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 179 3
J. McCleskey 7 162 3 48
J. Washington 28 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 124 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 367 3
J. Washington 5 124 0 39
M. Ateman 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 109 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 235 3
M. Ateman 4 109 1 69
D. Stoner 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 100 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 142 1
D. Stoner 5 100 1 54
Ty. Wallace 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 49 0
Ty. Wallace 2 49 0 39
B. Abbott 41 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 26 0
B. Abbott 1 26 0 26
J. Hill 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 58 0
J. Hill 2 2 0 3
C. Lacy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 67 0
C. Lacy 0 0 0 0
J. King 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. King 0 0 0 0
T. Alexander 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Alexander 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Brailford 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Brailford 1-0 1.0 0
D. Osborne 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Osborne 1-0 1.0 0
T. Flowers 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Flowers 0-0 0.0 1
J. Phillips 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Phillips 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Ammendola 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 8/8
SEASON FG XP
5/7 21/21
M. Ammendola 1/1 25 8/8 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Z. Sinor 29 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 45.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 39.0 0
Z. Sinor 1 45.0 0 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Brown 24 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 29 0
L. Brown 2 20.5 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52% 228 1 2 125.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 277 1 2 119.3
B. DiNucci 13/25 228 1 2
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 60 0 0 120.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 338 1 2 107.1
M. Browne 7/10 60 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 36 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 82 1
C. Moss 12 36 1 7
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 42 0
M. Ffrench 3 34 0 18
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 26 1
B. DiNucci 7 18 0 23
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
R. Araujo-Lopes 1 10 0 10
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 193 2
Q. Ollison 7 6 0 3
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 72 0
D. Hall 1 1 0 1
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 73 0
Q. Henderson 1 1 0 1
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -41 0
M. Browne 2 -3 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 89 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 136 1
R. Araujo-Lopes 6 89 1 28
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 74 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 86 0
Q. Henderson 1 74 0 74
M. Flanagan 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 97 0
M. Flanagan 3 43 0 25
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 50 0
A. Mathews 3 32 0 16
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 44 0
M. Ffrench 3 16 0 13
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 8 0
C. Moss 1 12 0 12
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 29 0
D. Hall 1 8 0 8
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 72 0
Q. Ollison 1 7 0 7
C. Clark 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
C. Clark 1 7 0 7
R. Flowers III 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Flowers III 0 0 0 0
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 76 1
J. Weah 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Weaver 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Weaver 1-0 1.0 0
A. Maddox 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Maddox 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
2/5 7/7
A. Kessman 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 48.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 45.8 3
R. Winslow 6 48.7 3 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 17.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 18.9 21 0
Q. Henderson 5 17.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OKLAST 25 2:00 8 17 TD
11:02 OKLAST 4 3:16 12 96 TD
5:05 OKLAST 20 1:32 7 22 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 OKLAST 46 1:14 8 54 TD
12:01 OKLAST 35 0:39 4 7 TD
9:20 OKLAST 18 3:05 9 24 TD
5:29 OKLAST 21 1:49 7 89 TD
0:16 OKLAST 25 0:00 1 -5 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:51 OKLAST 1 1:03 4 1 INT
9:54 PITT 7 0:00 1 -58
5:26 OKLAST 10 1:11 3 3 Punt
2:34 OKLAST 16 2:20 5 -1 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OKLAST 35 4:49 11 52 FG
4:31 OKLAST 31 4:21 7 22 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 PITT 25 1:40 3 8 Punt
7:39 PITT 22 2:19 5 20 Punt
3:33 PITT 25 2:53 7 30 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 PITT 20 1:23 4 6 Punt
11:16 PITT 13 1:51 5 29 TD
6:15 PITT 25 0:37 3 4 Punt
3:33 PITT 20 3:17 15 65 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PITT 25 3:00 7 35 Punt
10:37 PITT 2 0:37 2 96 INT
9:54 PITT 35 4:19 9 -25 INT
4:05 PITT 42 1:23 3 -1 Punt
0:08 OKLAST 7 0:00 1 -58
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:59 PITT 18 5:19 11 13 FG Miss