October 21, 2012

OSU picks apart Iowa State with passing game

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University’s brutal stretch of seven opponents ranked in the BCS rankings started off on the positive side, and in doing so set a program record.

The Cowboys rolled to a 31-10 victory over No. 24 Iowa State Saturday at Boone Pickens to improve their record to 4-2, 2-1 in Big 12 play and gave coach Mike Gundy his 63rd victory as coach of the Cowboys — moving him past his college coach Pat Jones as the school’s all-time career leader for wins.

“I’m happy for our football team and for coach Jones. I feel like (passing) him in the win column is just kind of an extension of what he started,” Gundy said. “A lot of what we do here, even though we look different, are things he instilled in me as a player. So I kind of take this with him.”

Gundy said he wanted to be a pass heavy team against Iowa State and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh was able to deliver with 415 yards passing — a new career high — as he completed 32 of 47 pass attempts.

“Our goal was for J.W. to throw it 50 times today and he got close with 47,” the OSU coach said. “... We just felt that we had to throw the ball to move it. They’ve been as good as anybody in our league in stopping the run. For the most part, they’re giving up 3.4 rush and 17.2 points a game. They’re doing that with only 13 sacks. If you add all that together, it tells you that you better be able to throw passes down the field.

It wasn’t easy going early, however. Both teams got hard-fought touchdowns in the opening quarter — both scoring drives taking eight plays or more — as well as a field goal each.

With the game deadlocked at 10, Oklahoma State finally got the big play it was looking for to spark the squad — and the Homecoming crowd of 57,019.

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