Ma­son Ru­dolph clos­ing in on another Wee­den mark

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

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.”

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