Big 12 rivals went head to head in Week 4 as the TCU Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday 44-31 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSU lost more first downs to TCU in the first quarter than it has in the first three games of the season combined. A defeated Oklahoma State dropped 3-1, creating a legitimate upset on the road to the college football playoffs.
Quarterback, Mason Rudolph completed 1 touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, 398 yards and 2 interceptions, completing only 22 of 41 attempts. Not his best performance by any measure. But every great athlete has an off day. While Rudolph is surrounded by a quarterback-friendly offense, one of the best in college football, the defense is still a real cause for concern. Nonetheless, with Rudolph at the helm, OSU is still equipped to make some noise this season.
Last week, Rudolph was being hailed as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. While this week some critics are unsure of his strength and consistency. Pinned against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield in the Heisman Trophy race, Mason Rudolph still lacks the same elite throwing and mobility as other top quarterback prospects. Or so they say.
This season has only proven more and more valuable for Rudolph. He’s developed a more firm presence in the pocket, a quicker delivery and more accuracy on throwing. He’s also become Oklahoma State’s all-time leading passer. In my opinion, he’s well on his way to becoming a household name that stands for motivation in the face of a challenge.
If you’ve already counted Rudolph and the Oklahoma State Cowboys out then you’re sadly misguided. As the Cowboys have only just gotten started. Rudolph is nothing short of a motivated athlete with the ability to recover from the loss to TCU with a strategic mindset against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Week 5. One bad game early in the season doesn’t erase all other accolades. It’s what happens next that truly defines this OSU team.