South Alabama was no match for the 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys Friday night and the Cowboys routed the Jaguars 44-7 in front of 26,487 fans at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Oklahoma State (2-0) completely shut down the South Alabama (0-2) offense from start to finish and the Cowboys’ offense picked up where it left off in Week 1 with another stellar performance.
After trading punts to begin the game, Oklahoma State’s offense got on the scoreboard with a Matt Amendola 31-yard field goal to put the Cowboys in front 3-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Following a quick stop defensively, Oklahoma State added to its lead in a big way on its next offensive possession when Mason Rudolph connected with James Washington for a 66-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0 with 5:31 to go in the first quarter.
The Cowboys continued to shut down the South Alabama offense and after another Rudolph touchdown pass, this time to Marcell Ateman from 4 yards out, Oklahoma State’s lead was up to 17-0 with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter.
The Jaguars’ offense finally got something going following a Cowboys missed field goal and drove the ball inside the Oklahoma State 20-yard line behind quarterback Dallas Davis, playing in place of the injured Cole Garvin who got nicked up earlier in the first quarter.
But unfortunately for South Alabama, the seven minute plus drive came up empty after a missed 31-yard field goal attempt and the Cowboys took over offensively.
Oklahoma State took advantage of the Jaguars’ missed opportunity and capitalized with another Amendola field goal, this time from 53 yards out, to extend its lead up to 20-0 with just 11 seconds remaining until halftime.
The Cowboys took their 20-0 lead into halftime and picked up right where they left off as the third quarter began. South Alabama’s Xavier Johnson fumbled on the first possession of the second half and Oklahoma State’s DeQuinton Osborne recovered to set the Cowboys’ offense up at the Jaguars’ 43-yard line.
Rudolph added another touchdown to his already impressive night when he connected with Ateman again, this time from 20 yards out, to extend Oklahoma State’s lead to 27-0 with 11:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Rudolph didn’t limit his touchdowns to just passing touchdowns and on the Cowboys’ next offensive possession, he found the end zone with his feet from 10 yards out to extend the lead to 34-0 with 7:44 to go in the third quarter.
Oklahoma State’s defense got in on the action with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by Justin Phillips to extend the lead to 41-0 with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cowboys added another Amendola field goal, this time from 48 yards out, with 10:53 to go in the fourth quarter to finish off their scoring on the night and led it 44-0.
The Jaguars finally got on the scoreboard on their ensuing offensive possession when Davis connected with Maaseiah Francis for a 17-yard touchdown with 4:35 remaining in the game to set the final score at 44-7 in favor of Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys’ offense accounted for 505 total yards on the night while limiting South Alabama’s offense to only 175 total yards.
Rudolph finished the game 25 for 38 for 335 yards and three touchdowns through the air with one on the ground. Rudolph also broke Brandon Weeden’s Oklahoma State record for the most passing yards in program history.
J.D. King led the Cowboys on the ground with eight carries for 64 yards while Ateman and Washington paced the receivers with five receptions for 51 yards and two touchdowns and two receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown respectively.
Davis finished 13 for 23 for 126 yards and one touchdown with one interception after replacing the injured Garvin early in the first quarter.
Johnson led the Jaguars on the ground with five carries for 36 yards, but they only accounted for a net of 41 rushing yards on the night as a team. Jamarius Way finished with five receptions for 66 yards to lead all South Alabama receivers.
Oklahoma State now turns its attention to a road game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 16. South Alabama returns to action Sept. 16 at home against Alabama A&M.