No. 9 Oklahoma State's passing game pounces on Pitt

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

No Oklahoma State team had ever produced more than two 100-yard receivers in a single game before the quartet turned the trick against the Panthers. It was the longest active streak in FBS. Instead, McCleskey combined for 12 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns and Ateman had three receptions for 98 yards. By that time, Rudolph will hopefully have gotten his due.

"They all did their job", Rudolph said. The Cowboys did it despite missing LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.

Rudolph completed 20-of-28 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns before halftime against the Panthers, setting a new school record for passing yards in a half and doing it with familiar explosiveness. After the Oklahoma State defense scored on an interception return to make the score 56-14, Rudolph was removed from the game to give backup Taylor Cornelius reps.

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

Pitt CB Avonte Maddox vs. Oklahoma State WR James Washington.

He showed his strength, mobility and downfield vision on another near-sack in the first quarter, fighting off defenders on a third-and-11 at his 31-yard line before unleashing a deep ball down the left sideline to an open Ateman, who shrugged off a would-be tackle before running away for a 69-yard touchdown. Pitt OL Brandon Hodges (undisclosed injury) did not play after leaving the game against Penn State last week in the first half. Not a bad offer, but it doesn't help explain the poor performance at home. After a trip to Heinz Field to face Pitt this Saturday will mark back-to-back road games. The teams have split four meetings since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2012.

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