Chuba Hubbard rushed for a career-high 256 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State past Tulsa 40-21 on Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Other than Hubbard, OSU’s offense looked anemic at times with only 169 passing yards, including a 90-yarder from Tylan Wallace that was pass interference. Wallace is so good you can get penalized and he’s still going to score.
Hubbard started the game with touchdown runs of 75 and 30 yards in the first four minutes of the game for OSU (3-0).
THE FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME!!!! #OKSTATE pic.twitter.com/vpZuZGCYKP— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 14, 2019
The first 10 seconds of the game. To the house! I cannot say enough good things about this kid.
Drive No. 2 of the game. Look familiar?
#OKState wasting no time against Tulsa. Goodnight. pic.twitter.com/w0DezwPFk1— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 14, 2019
And OSU’s defense looked... not good in the first half. They gave up three touchdowns, and flat out looked like they were being worn out by Tulsa’s offense. OSU didn’t have an answer for Shamari Brooks, who ended the half with 91 rushing yards.
OSU redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders was limited to 43 passing yards in the first half compared to Zach Smith’s 123 yards through the air. Sanders look visibly frustrated coming off the sidelines at times.
Sanders also had an interception in the second quarter that looked like he had a good throw but made a bad decision to throw into coverage. Combine that with Tulsa’s defense covering Wallace most of the first half and Sanders’ troubles throwing, the Cowboys’ quick start vanished and they trailed 21-20 at half.
The second half started with a bang defensively with freshman Trace Ford making a grown man play and breaking up a pass. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ squad made adjustments and shut out Tulsa in the second half. Kolby Peel punctuated the effort with a sack early in fourth.
Zach Smith just got PEELED!!! Big stop by the Pokes! #OKState pic.twitter.com/CN4d0eHgwR— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 14, 2019
OSU also found an answer for Brooks, limiting him to only 16 of Tulsa’s 35 total offensive yards in the second half.
As the Cowboys defense delivered, the offensive gameplan changed to have Sanders run more.
SPENCER SANDERS CAN FLY! #OKSTATE pic.twitter.com/wDJ0Al5HPz— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 14, 2019
Wallace also finally got to run free after begging to all day.
That's a grown ass man catch. Tylan Wallace to the house! #OKState #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/ZVETucwuzg— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 14, 2019
Hubbard’s third score of the day topped it off by covering the spread.
4th-and-1 garbage time TD to cover the -14 pic.twitter.com/dJMw7mROgd— B/R Betting (@br_betting) September 14, 2019
OSU, as expected, enters Big 12 play next week undefeated with confidence and some things to work on. The Cowboys head south to Austin to play Texas next Saturday.