Senior Day is always a bittersweet day for fans and players alike. This year, Oklahoma State fans will see Mason Rudolph and James Washington take the field at Boone Pickens Stadium for the last time.
The two put up gaudy numbers in their own stat columns over the course of their careers, but together, they formed an absolutely lethal (and unstoppable) combination.
We thought it would be fun for each of our writers to look back on their favorite #Rudolph2Washington touchdown over the last four years. Sit back, reminisce, and enjoy.
Micah: 82 yards against Texas Tech in 2016
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“This was a really fun game and it was one of the longer ones from #Rudolph2Washington. Rudolph throws a a beautiful pass and Washington goes into the end zone untouched.”
Tyler: 91 yards against Pitt in 2016
“After the heartbreaking loss to CMU the week before, everyone was interested as to how the team would respond. On the very first play from scrimmage, Rudolph set the tone when he found Washington to put the Cowboys up 7-0. Rudolph would go on to pass for 540 yards and Washington hauled in 296 yards. That first score showed everyone that OSU put the CMU debacle behind them and were ready to get back to doing what they did best.”
Another CRFF contributor, Gallagher Martin, agreed with Tyler on his favorite play of the Rudolph2Washington era. Regarding the same play, he said this:
“First off let me say there have been A LOT of memorable Rudolph2Washington plays over the years. Choosing one was nearly impossible, and there are many honorable mentions.
I chose the first play of the Pittsburgh game from 2016 for two reasons. 1) It was the first play after the Central Michigan debacle, and it set the tone for the day Washington would have (9 catches for 296 yards, and 2 touchdowns). 2) This play showcased Washington's iconic speed — the defender wasn't even within 10 yards of him — and Rudolph's ability to throw the deep ball as well as anyone.
Rudolph's arm + Washington's speed = disaster for opposing secondaries.”
Cade: 68 yards against Baylor in 2014
“This one is a no-brainer for me. On Mason Rudolph’s collegiate debut (after getting his redshirt pulled with two games remaining), he connects on the first of many long touchdown passes with James Washington. Both of these guys were true freshmen at the time. Little did we know at the time that we were watching arguably the most explosive QB-WR combination in Oklahoma State history. Greatness was born here. “
Joel: 74 yards against TCU in 2015.
“My favorite Rudolph to Washington moment was the 3rd touchdown of the TCU game in 2015. It was a 74 yard connection that put Oklahoma State up 42-16. Rudolph put up home run ball after home run ball that day and TCU could not stop it. That was the touchdown that sealed to me that James Washington was a special talent. Even though TCU knew they were going to go deep to him, they could not stop him. I remember just being in awe every time the ball was thrown to him deep, because I know 9 times out of 10 he'll come down with it. “
It’s been a remarkable four years watching, and covering, these guys. Here’s to long and prosperous NFL careers. They’ll certainly have their shot.
What did we miss? Which play stands out to you as your favorite? Comment below and let us know.