The game last Saturday against Pittsburgh had a little bit of everything. New helmets, a striped stadium, broken records, a 2-hour weather delay, and most importantly, an Oklahoma State Cowboy victory.
See below for recaps, highlights and thoughts on the Cowboys’ week 3 matchup against the Pittsburgh Panthers:
Around the Media:
James Washington on his 91-yard opening touchdown reception: “It was a perfect ball. I really think that was a tone-setter for the entire team.” – NewsOK
“Rennie played the best game he's ever played. Showed speed, some elusiveness. We had to have him ready to go and he did it. He stepped up and ran hard. I'm excited about him. I'm excited about what he did today.” Mike Gundy’s thoughts on Rennie Childs four touchdown performance.
“Pittsburgh (2-1) faced second-and-10 threatening to take hold of the game’s momentum, which had yet to be claimed after nearly two hours of rain delay. The Panthers gave the ball to running back James Conner. It had been their game plan all day. Connor took the handoff, cut to his right, and a hard-charging Walterscheid met him immediately for a loss of 5. Pitt never recovered.” – The O’Colly
NewsOK’s Jenni Carlson on Ramon Richards day: “On a day that OSU not only downed Pitt 45-38 but also showed their resiliency time and again, Richards' victory-sealing interception was the Cowboys' performance personified. He had his struggles. He had his mistakes, most notably a slant pattern that ended with Richards sprawled on the turf and the Panthers celebrating in the end zone.”
Mike Yurcich on Mason Rudolph’s ability to check plays at the line, as he did multiple times on Saturday. “The more experience he's gotten, the more he's able to get us into good looks and get us out of bad plays. With more experience, more knowledge of the game, the more comfortable he'll be. That's the biggest key there. Making sure that whatever he chooses to call, that puts him in a more confident atmosphere.” - NewsOK
“Facing a tempo team is one of the challenges of trying to get a rush over and over again. When we didn't (get pressure) it really showed downfield.” Pittsburgh’s defensive end Ejuan Price on OSU’s tempo.
“His 32.9 yards per reception set a single-game school record (min. seven catches). It also marked the third time in his career that he has averaged more than 32 yards per catch in a game. No other Cowboy has accomplished that feat more than once.” Some stats from James Washington’s record setting performance – okstate.com
“During the third quarter of OSU's 45-38 win Saturday over Pitt, amid a tight and tense game, Gundy took time to jog over and shake the hand of a serviceman being honored during a new promotion involving the Folds of Honor at Cowboys home games.”- NewsOK
Here’s the recap post from Cardiac Hill, the Pittsburgh SB Nation site. “The Panthers scored plenty of points. The problem? That whole defense thing. Most notably, it was the secondary, which was thrashed and the team’s glaring problem. More on that in a bit.”
Highlights from the game:
Striping the stadium worked out pretty well:
Mike Gundy’s full press conference from this week:
Here’s another highlight video, the plays of the game:
If you were at the game, find yourself in the panoramic photo:
Cowboys Ride for Free:
Position Group Spotlight, this week Kyle Cox takes a look at the Cowboy receivers.
Joel Penfield’s unsung hero of the game is Cole Walterscheid: “The starting defensive end for the Pokes had a career game on Saturday. He had four tackles, all for loss, including two sacks. Previously in his career he had three tackles, none for loss, and no sacks. I believe this game will propel Walterscheid into more production the rest of this season, and that he will continue to be a force on the line for the Cowboys. Pittsburgh is one of the most physical teams the Cowboys will face all season, and if Walterscheid could get into the backfield against them, he will continue to do so in Big 12 play.”
“In a game that lasted just under six hours, Oklahoma State proved that they were ready to exercise the demons from last week’s debacle against Central Michigan. Luckily, a win tonight means that there likely won’t be lasting effects from last weekend.” The Official CRFF game recap.