(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (8) Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 33
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - A three-plus hour delay and inclement weather could not derail the high-powered Oklahoma State attack, as the eighth-ranked Cowboys dismantled Tulsa, 59-33.
Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions, while Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and three scores for the Cowboys (3-0), who enjoyed a breezy tuneup before opening Big 12 play next Saturday against Texas A&M.
Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and the Golden Hurricane (1-2) failed to significantly produce in his stead.
Kalen Henderson completed 6-of-20 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns against three interceptions.
Ja'Terian Douglas ran for 173 yards and two scores.
Weeden was intercepted by Shawn Jackson on the game's opening possession and Kinne led the Golden Hurricane on a nine-play, 45-yard drive, which was capped by Kevin Fitzpatrick's 25-yard field goal.
From there the game took a drastic turn.
Justin Gilbert returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a 7-3 Cowboys lead. Tulsa went three-and-out on its next possession before Weeden connected with Hubert Anyiam for a 36-yard touchdown strike.
Kinne was injured on the Golden Hurricane's next possession when he was hit by safety Daytawion Lowe after stepping out of bounds. The Cowboys were penalized 15 yards for the late hit, but Tulsa's drive fizzled.
On the ensuing Oklahoma State possession, Randle plunged into the end zone from two yards out to finish a 43-yard drive and put Oklahoma State on top 21-3.
Fitzpatrick then hit a 34-yard field goal, but the Cowboys' Quinn Sharp countered with a 35-yarder.
Henderson struggled to compensate for the loss of Kinne, going three-and-out on Tulsa's next drive before Randle made it a 31-6 game at the half with a five-yard touchdown run.
The third quarter began in similar fashion, namely a Tulsa turnover, as Brodrick Brown stepped in front of a Genesis Cole attempt for a pick.
Again Weeden capitalized, completing four straight passes before Randle reeled off an 11-yard touchdown run.
James Thomas was the next Cowboy to register a pick, this time off of Henderson, and Weeden hit Tracy Moore for a 15-yard completion before Jeremy Smith scored on a six-yard rush for a 45-6 lead.
Tulsa finally generated a spark midway through the third, courtesy of Douglas' 80-yard touchdown run. Fitzpatrick missed the extra point.
The Golden Hurricane then recovered Fitzpatrick's 27-yard kickoff and Henderson hit Bryan Burnham for a 43-yard touchdown on the ensuing play to make it a 45-19 game.
Still functioning at a high level, Weeden capped a 55-yard drive with a 24- yard scoring strike to Isaiah Anderson.
Tulsa's next possession resulted in a touchdown, as Henderson found Burnham in the end zone from 14 yards out, but the Golden Hurricane still trailed significantly, 52-26.
The Cowboys and the Golden Hurricane traded touchdowns on a four-yard pass from Weeden to Justin Blackmon and a 42-yard run by Douglas, respectively to seal the final margin.
Fittingly, Tulsa's final possession ended with an interception in the end zone by Devin Hedgepeth.
The Golden Hurricane will receive little respite, as they square off against explosive Boise State next Saturday.
The Cowboys opened 3-0 for the second straight season...Blackmon caught seven passes for 57 yards, ending his NCAA-record streak of 14 straight 100-yard receiving games...The Cowboys have won five straight over the Golden Hurricane.
09/18 05:23:51 ET