Saturday, September 1, 2012
Oklahoma State romp has sheepish feel
By David Ubben
I couldn't help but feel like I was doing something wrong every time I peeked at the video feed for Oklahoma State's 84-0 romp over Savannah State.
The FCS squad has gone 1-10 in each of the past two seasons, winning close games over the same North Carolina Central squad.
What can we learn about Oklahoma State in this one? Not much, I'm afraid, beyond some rather hilarious statistics.
Wes Lunt won the starting job this spring, didn't have an incomplete pass in his first-ever start, but both of his backup quarterbacks threw touchdown passes and he didn't? Funny stuff.
Lunt finished 11-of-11 for 129 yards, but Oklahoma State's attack was all on the ground Saturday night. The Cowboys rushed for 395 yards and nine (!) touchdowns on 42 carries. The nine rushing touchdowns topped the school record of seven, and the 84 points also broke a school record.
Joseph Randle and Desmond Roland led the way with a combined 211 yards and five scores on just 15 carries.
Oklahoma State rolled in this one, and we saw Lunt in what amounted to a glorified scrimmage. What'd we learn about they Pokes? Not much, beyond their continued ability to score quickly. The Cowboys longest scoring drive of the first three quarters lasted 1:43.
Oklahoma State outgained the Tigers, 682-139, and racked up 33 first downs to Savannah State's eight. You don't need to know much more beyond that.
Just ugly. We'll see how the Pokes look in Week 2 when they travel to face Arizona of the Pac-12.