STILLWATER — Coming off an impressive win over Oregon State, Oklahoma State opened its home schedule Saturday with a cakewalk against Football Championship Subdivision opponent McNeese State. Redshirt fresman quarterback Spencer Sanders picked up where he left off last Friday at Oregon State, throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 51 yards as OSU rolled to a 56-14 victory. Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns in OSU's 52-36 victory over Oregon State last week, rushed for 44 yards and touchdowns on just eight carries against the McNeese. OSU backup quarterback Dru Brown was effective in his time on the field, throwing for two touchdowns. OSU receiver Tylan Wallace had 180 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
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Highlights from OSU's win over McNeese State
First down ¦ Story of the game
A 42-point win and a sellout crowd Witnessed by a sellout crowd of 55,500, Oklahoma State redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders found Tylan Wallace for touchdown passes of 69 and 75 yards as the Cowboys recorded a 56-14 victory over FCS McNeese at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. After totaling 555 total yards at Oregon State last week, Oklahoma State had 580 yards and averaged nearly 9 yards per play against McNeese. For the 10th time in 15 seasons, a Mike Gundy-coached OSU team has gotten off to a 2-0 start. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Second down ¦ Matchup that mattered
OSU wide receivers overwhelm McNeese In 2015-17, Oklahoma State’s offense was best known for the Mason Rudolph-James Washington relationship on long pass plays. They had a remarkable chemistry on deep throws. Through two games this season, OSU again has gotten several big pass plays, but they resulted mostly from an embarrassment of riches in yards-after-the-catch talent. Against McNeese, OSU’s speed and depth at the receiving positions was on display. Spencer Sanders connected with Tylan Wallace for touchdowns of 69 and 75 yards. Dru Brown connected with CJ Moore for a 59-yard score and with Braydon Johnson for a 69-yard TD. About 90% of the yardage on those touchdown plays was gained after the catch. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Third down ¦ Game MVP
Wallace makes it look easy — again Tylan Wallace was on the field for only one play after halftime, but it was memorable. He caught a short pass from Spencer Sanders, spun away from a McNeese defender and raced downfield for a 75-yard TD. Wallace is off to a tremendous start. At Oregon State last week, he totaled 92 yards and scored twice on five catches. Against McNeese, the Oklahoma State junior wide receiver totaled 180 yards and scored twice on five catches. Through two games, he has averaged 27.2 yards per reception. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Fourth down ¦ What’s next
Cowboys ride to Tulsa For the first time since the infamous 2011 meeting of the Cowboys and Golden Hurricane, Oklahoma State visits the University of Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium. Because of lightning delays, the 2011 game did not begin until 12:16 a.m. OSU won 59-33 and went on to capture the Big 12 title and finish with a 12-1 record. After having been beaten 28-7 at Michigan State in its Aug. 30, the Golden Hurricane visited San Jose State this weekend. In a series that began in 1914, OSU has a 40-27-5 advantage over Tulsa. The Cowboys haven’t lost on TU’s home field since 1998. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
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First down | Top storyline
Will Dru Brown see the field? Mike Gundy went with the redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders to start the season opener. Sanders played well enough to play the entire game until Brown checked in with 1:19 remaining. Will the graduate transfer get a chance to play meaningful minutes Saturday?
Second down | Key matchup
Tylan Wallace vs. Trevor Begue OSU’s Tylan Wallace and McNeese State’s Trevor Begue had solid games to start the season. Wallace finished with five catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns at Oregon State. Begue caught three balls for 50 yards and two touchdowns against Southern. Who will get the best of the opposing defense this week?
Third down | Player to watch
Spencer Sanders Sanders threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-24 passing in his college debut. He also rushed for 109 yards. Fans are excited about Sanders’ future in Stillwater after watching his first game, but it was only one game. Sanders, however, should have a similar game against the McNeese defense.
Fourth down | Who wins and why
What happens with OSU’s QBs? From Bill Haisten: During the preseason, Mike Gundy said he would play two quarterbacks during the Cowboys' three non-conference games. At Oregon State, however, redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders got every meaningful snap and responded 19-of-24 passing and 109 rushing yards. During Saturday’s mismatch with an FCS opponent (Sterlin Gilbert-coached McNeese), will Gundy want to get an extended look at Dru Brown? As OSU wins 63-10, it will be interesting to see how Gundy manages his QBs — and to see how many carries Chuba Hubbard needs to reach the 100-yard mark.
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