(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: Oklahoma State 39, Washington State 13
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Kendall Hunter carried 23 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 39-13 win over the Washington State Cougars in the season-opener at Qwest Field.
Zac Robinson completed 20-of-27 passes for 193 yards and an interception for Oklahoma State (1-0). Dez Bryant caught seven of those passes and finished with 90 yards.
Gary Rogers threw for just 82 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Washington State (0-1). Brandon Gibson caught six passes, and accounted for 53 of those passing yards, as well as the only touchdown.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey registered the only points of the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal.
OSU got it going in the second quarter. Hunter capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown scamper at the 11:33 mark of the second quarter.
Four minutes later, after OSU kicker Matt Fodge pinned the Cougars deep in their own territory, Cowboys defensive tackle Jeray Chatham stuffed running back Dwight Tardy in the end zone for a safety.
Bailey added a 21-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, sending the Cowboys to the locker room with an 18-0 cushion.
Bailey notched his third field goal of the game, this time from 27 yards out, at the 9:25 mark of the third quarter.
Washington State finally got on the board after marching 75 yards in nine plays on its next possession. Rogers connected with Gibson for a nine-yard scoring strike, although the Cougars missed the extra point.
The momentum went right back in OSU's favor, however, as Perrish Cox returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars answered with a 16-play, 69-yard drive, capped by Rogers' three- yard touchdown run to make it a 25-13 game.
But it was all OSU from there. The Cougars marched right back down the field and punched it in on Robinson's one-yard touchdown plunge with 9:45 to play.
Three minutes later, Hunter notched his second touchdown on a 10-yard scamper to seal the deal.
Washington State converted just 2-of-13 third downs for the game. OSU was able to set up good field position with its return game. The Cougars averaged 24.8 yards on five punt returns, and 42.7 yards on three kick returns.
08/30 19:40:53 ET