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Unsung Hero: Pittsburgh

Getting more playing time due to other receivers being out, he made the most of it.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It was another offensive onslaught for Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cowboys had seven offensive possessions in the first half, and they scored a touchdown on all seven of them. Mason Rudolph threw for 423 the first half of play. Even more impressive, Oklahoma State had four receivers with over 100 yards. That is only the second time that has happened in the last 20 years. The offense continues to be as good as advertised, leading the team to convincing wins early in games.

The defense has also been impressive, holding the Panthers to only 14 points on offense (the other was a special-teams touchdown). The speed on the defensive side of the ball is going to help win games in conference play, especially if that can cause turnovers like they have been.

My unsung hero this week is one of those 100 yard receivers. He has been getting playing time this year, but I think he earned himself more after his performance on Saturday. The unsung hero this week is Dillon Stoner.

With Tyron Johnson not making the flight to Pittsburgh, and Chris Lacy not playing after the first possession, Dillon Stoner saw a lot more time at slot receiver. He made the most of the opportunity. He had five catches for 100 yards, including his first career touchdown catch in the first quarter!

What Stoner was able to do was show that there is no drop-off in the wide receiving corps. With Lacy and Johnson out, two of the team’s best receivers were not on the field. That did not seem to matter though, seeing as though the offense put up 49 points in the first half. James Washington, who is the clear WR1, did not even make a big impact in the game until the second quarter. This goes to show how deep the wide receiving corps is. I expect to see Dillon Stoner on the field a lot more as the season goes on, he showed he can make an impact on a team with an extremely deep group of wide receivers.