Mason Rudolph closing in on another Weeden mark
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph keeps working his way up the charts of Oklahoma State’s record book.
Last Friday, he passed Brandon Weeden as OSU’s all-time leading passer, and this week at Pitt, he’ll have a chance at another of Weeden’s marks.
Rudolph has thrown 185 consecutive passes without an interception, now nine attempts shy of Weeden’s school-record 194.
Rudolph has gone six consecutive games without an interception. His last pick came at Kansas State on Nov. 5, 2016.
Rudolph now has 9,352 career passing yards, so he’ll be closing in on the 10,000-yard milestone in the coming games.
While he doesn’t show much emotion about numbers and records outside of wins and losses, Rudolph said he would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to set the all-time passing record at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“It would’ve been cooler to do it at home,” he said. “Truthfully, I didn’t think I was that close. I just don’t pay attention to that stuff.
“Coach Gundy came up to me in the locker room and had something nice to say. Weeden called. It’s great to be up at the top of the list with those guys.”
Pitt’s physical defense will bring pressure
With all the questions about how Pitt will decide to defend Oklahoma State’s receivers, the most important factor is likely to be at the line of scrimmage.
With a big, physical defensive front, the Panthers need to get pressure on Rudolph to disrupt the passing game before it gets going.
The Cowboys have protected Rudolph well so far, but Pitt presents a tougher threat.
“They have a very physical defense like they always do,” OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “They’ve got a nice blitz package, and they’re going to come at you with a four-down front.
“They have the ability to adjust game-to-game with a couple different schemes here and there, but they’re going to do what they do and we’re going to do what we do.”