CORVALLIS, Oregon — Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders won the starting job, but it was running back Chuba Hubbard who stole the show in the Cowboys' season opener.
Hubbard rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys cruised to a 52-36 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.
Sanders, a redshirt freshman, opened the game at starting quarterback. He threw only one pass (for 1 yard) in the Cowboys' opening scoring drive. Hubbard had four carries for 55 yards and a touchdown in the drive.
Sanders and Hawaii transfer Dru Brown battled during fall camp for the job, but despite OSU coach Mike Gundy saying he might play two quarterbacks, Sanders started and played until the final series. He was 19-of-24 for 203 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for more than 100 yards.
Oregon State's Jake Luton threw for more than 250 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cowboys pulled away with a 24-6 second quarter.
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