Ru­dolph, Hill and a pick-6 top the list



Chat­ter of OSU’s many and var­i­ous weapons has car­ried on for months, and not with­out rea­son. For Cow­boys fans, it’s a tan­ta­liz­ing talk­ing point. For Cow­boys op­po­nents, it cre­ates a pick-your-poi­son prob­lem.

So it was Satur­day at Pitt, where OSU needed only a half to put up stag­ger­ing of­fen­sive stats, many through the air. But was an­other aerial as­sault of the Pan­thers set up by Jus­tice Hill?

On the game’s first pos­ses­sion, Hill ran three straight times for 33 yards, in­clud­ing the fi­nal 20 for a touch­down, charg­ing through a gap­ing hole over the right side. That made it 7-0 and Pitt knew it had more to ac­count for than the pass.


Ben Roeth­lis­berger makes his liv­ing at Heinz Field, as a big, brawny quar­ter­back who can fend off de­fend­ers and de­liver a strike. Fit­tingly then, Ma­son Ru­dolph played the part Satur­day, be­fore Big Ben takes the stage Sun­day.

On a third-and-11 play from the OSU 31, Ru­dolph was flushed form the pocket, spun left, shred­ded the grasp of Pitt de­fen­sive tackle Rashad Weaver, stepped out of an an­kle grasp of end Ju­lian De­sire’ and found Mar­cell Ate­man, who com­pleted a 69-yard touch­down play with a romp down the side­line.

It was the play of the game and maybe a mo­ment to re­mem­ber come Heis­man time.


The Cow­boys were well in con­trol, lead­ing 49-14 early in the third quar­ter. Still, Pitt had just ended Ru­dolph’s school-record streak of throws with­out an in­ter­cep­tion at 216 with a take­away on its own 2.

If the Cow­boys QB was feel­ing down, Justin Phillips of­fered a pick-me-up two plays later, in­ter­cept­ing Pan­thers QB Ben DiNucci at the 10 and cov­er­ing the dis­tance from there for a touch­down. For the Cow­boys de­fense, which played solidly all day, it was the third touch­down in three games — one each — giv­ing OSU 42 non-of­fen­sive touch­downs since 2010.


Pitts­burgh quar­ter­back Ben Dinucci was 13-of-25 pass­ing with two in­ter­cep­tions af­ter re­plac­ing start­ing quar­ter­back Max Browne on Satur­day. One of the in­ter­cep­tions was re­turned for a touch­down by OSU’s Justin Phillips.


Ok­la­homa State quar­ter­back Ma­son Ru­dolph passes over Pitts­burgh’s Eli­jah Zeise in the first quar­ter Satur­day. Ru­dolph was 23-of-32 pass­ing for 497 yards and five touch­downs in the win.


Ok­la­homa State run­ning back Jus­tice Hill breaks away from Pitts­burgh de­fen­sive back Den­nis Briggs on a touch­down run in the first quar­ter of the Cow­boys’ 59-21 win in Pitts­burgh.

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