Score one for the Big 12 in the ongoing argument over conference supremacy.
J.W. Walsh passed for 135 yards and rushed for 125 to lead No. 13 Oklahoma State to a hard-fought 21-3 road win over Mississippi State on Saturday.
The Cowboys defense displayed uncharacteristic toughness in limiting the Bulldogs to just 333 total yards while keeping an opponent out of the end zone in its opener for the second-straight season.
The first 27 minutes of the game was excruciating for Oklahoma State’s offense as the Cowboys produced just 92 total yards and zero points. But a 46-yard rush by Walsh seemed to finally break things open and, from that point on, the Cowboys put up 340 yards and 21 points to win going away.
Any hope the Bulldogs had of sticking with OSU ended when quarterback Tyler Russell left the game with an injury in the third quarter. MSU managed just 131 total yards in the second half and was kept out of the end zone for the first time in 24 games.
While the win doesn’t look especially impressive on paper, it was Oklahoma State’s first-ever regular-season win away from Stillwater over an SEC team. And the preseason Big 12 favorites shook off some early rustiness to finish strong.
In the meantime, it’s Big 12 1, SEC 0. Maybe Bob Stoops was right.