September 1, 2012

Oklahoma State powers to shutout victory

It wasn't pretty.

After the first quarter, Oklahoma State led Savannah State 35-0. Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh relieved Wes Lunt for the first time with 5:17 remaining in the first quarter. At halftime, the Cowboys' scoring drives averaged 1:06 minutes. OSU's running backs found the end zone a school-record nine times. Fifth-string, walk-on running back Corey Jefferson fell just shy of giving OSU three running backs over the 100-yard mark, with 91 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

When the dust settled, the scoreboard read 84-0 in favor of Oklahoma State.

The fireworks started almost immediately, as Joseph Randle capped off a 7 play, 61 yard opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown scamper. Randle would finish with 107 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night with just six total carries.

"The offensive line made my job easy," Randle said. "It was as simple as that."

Beyond that, Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland found the end zone three times each, as the running backs ruled the game.

But behind that storyline was quarterback Wes Lunt. The freshman had a perfect 11/11 passing performance, which is the first perfect passing game by any quarterback in Oklahoma State's history. The next closest was Bobby Reid's 90% performance against Baylor in 2006.

"I have confidence in him," coach Mike Gundy said. "He had a lot of short passes tonight because that's what was presented to us."

Gundy had to be happy with a solid performance across the board from his team, and has to be even happier about the milestone he reached at the game's conclusion.

After the win over Savannah State, Gundy reached 60 wins in his career, which is second all-time behind Pat Jones' 62 wins, who coached Gundy during his playing career at OSU.

As far as defense went, the Cowboys were suffocating. They held Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostick to 12/25 with 2 interceptions on the game, and let their opponent pass midfield only a handful of times.

"It's hard to evaluate because I obviously haven't watched the film yet, but I was happy with it," co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. "As a coordinator, you want to get that shutout and hold them to the least amount of points as possible."

All in all, the Cowboys had a pretty good night. Their offense was unstoppable, their defense was overpowering, their depth chart was unloaded, and the first win is in the books.

It obviously won't be an 84-0 final score every game, but the Cowboys got their first game jitters out, and primed themselves for another season of high-quality football.

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