It makes perfect sense a guy named Rudolph would excel at long-distance gift delivery. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph connected on touchdown passes of 48, 50 and 82 yards to stake his 14th-ranked Cowboys to a 28-9 lead over No. 8 TCU at the half in Stillwater.
After a pair of three-and-outs to open the game, Jordan Burton intercepted All-Everything Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin near midfield and returned it to the TCU 46. Two plays later Rudolph found James Washington on a go-route for a 48-yard touchdown.
Boykin answered with a one-yard touchdown run to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive, but Jaden Oberkrom‘s PAT was blocked.
Oklahoma State again struck quickly, as the Rudolph-to-Washington connection was good for a 50-yard scoring strike. The Cowboys pushed the lead to 12 when Rudolph found Jeff Carr for a 12-yard catch-and-dash score, then broke the game open on its next touch as Rudolph again nailed a deep strike, this time an 82-yarder to Marcell Ateman.
At that point in the half, Rudolph had completed 9-of-13 throws for 231 yards with four touchdowns. He hit 12-of-17 passes for 272 yards in the half.
The Boykin-to-Josh Doctson combination has put up numbers, but doesn’t have much production to show for it. Boykin completed 17-of-30 passes for 241 yards to go with nine carries for a team-leading 36 yards and a score. However, the Frogs marched to the Cowboys’ 14 only to turn the ball over on downs with the score 21-9 early in the second quarter, and Oberkrom missed a 48-yard field goal on TCU’s final snap of the half.
Doctson snared six passes for 64 yards, but left the game late after injuring his left wrist securing a 12-yard reception late in the second quarter. His status for the second half is unknown at this time.
Oklahoma State will receive to open the second half.