It was an offensive onslaught in Stillwater on Saturday, with Oklahoma State beating Baylor 59-16. The Cowboys set a school record with 747 yards on offense, led by Mason Rudolph and James Washington (nothing new here). Rudolph threw for 459 yards and three touchdowns while adding another one with his legs, and Washington had two total TDs and 235 yards receiving on six catches.
The defense was fantastic on Saturday as well. When you hold a Big 12 team under 20 points, you are doing something right on that side of the ball. The leader on the defense was Justin Phillips, with six tackles, 2.5 for loss, a sack, and two forced fumbles.
This week for the unsung hero, I am staying on the defensive side of the ball. There has been a lot of scrutiny put on the young corners for Oklahoma State, AJ Green and Rodarius Williams. Williams rose to the occasion this week, he is my unsung hero. Williams had five tackles, and two passes defended. The most impressive part of the game was the island he put Denzel Mims of the Bears on.
Baylor WR Denzel Mims’ last three games:— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) October 15, 2017
OU: 11 catches, 192 yds, 3 TD
KSU: 7 catches, 127 yds, 1 TD #okstate: 2 catches, 20 yards.
This was incredible, and a major part of the reason the Cowboys won by such a wide margin. Williams was able to take away Zach Smith’s No. 1 wide receiver. Williams has gotten better every week, and has the ability to be one of the best corners in the league. In a league where such an emphasis is put on offense, it is important to have a shutdown corner. I think AJ Green is getting better as well, but Williams had the game against one of the best receivers in the conference.
He had such a good game that he received some high praise from Coach Gundy, being named the defensive player of the week.
Cowboy fans on social media took notice of his great play on Saturday as well.
Rodarius Williams comes oh-so-close to #OKState's first INT from a cornerback this season. Couldn't make the catch.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 14, 2017
Rodarius Williams has played extremely well. Matched up against a great receiver and has held his own.— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) October 14, 2017
Rodarius Williams has been very good today.— Jason Canning (@Jason_Canning) October 14, 2017
Williams will be a key part of Oklahoma State’s success down the stretch of the season. This upcoming three-game stretch will have the Cowboys going up against some great wide receivers. He’ll be lined up against guys like Lil’Jordan Humphrey (1st Team All-Name Team) of Texas and David Sills V of West Virginia. If he can take them out of the game, that gives the Cowboy defense an edge. We all know the offense is going to put up points, but the defense needs to make an impact on the game like they did on Saturday, and Rodarius Williams will be a big part of that.