Oklahoma State won its Big 12-opener Saturday for the first time since 2015 (!), knocking out West Virginia 27-13 in a closely-contested game Chuba Hubbard helped ice late.
Here are 10 notable stats from the game.
1. Shane Illingworth became the first OSU true freshman to start a game at quarterback since Mason Rudolph in 2014. Illingworth finished the game 15-for-21 for 139 yards passing.
2. Chuba Hubbard (101 yards rushing) and LD Brown (103 yards rushing) both surpassed the 100-yards rushing mark against West Virginia, marking the first time since 2016 — when Justice Hill and Chris Carson rushed for a combined 300 (!) yards on TCU — that a pair of OSU running backs both reached the 100 yards mark against a Big 12 opponent. (Hill had 154 on the Horned Frogs and Carson had 146.)
3. In the good defense = great final outcome category, OSU — with the win Saturday — has now won 70 consecutive games when it holds its opponent to fewer than 20 points. That stat dates back to Sept. 13, 2003, and is the longest active streak in the FBS.
4. Tyren Irby’s 56-yard fumble return touchdown on Saturday was the eighth longest fumble returned for a touchdown in OSU football history.
5. Some career-bests were reached Saturday: Amen Ogbongbemiga recorded a career-high 13 tackles; Tre Sterling tied a career-high with nine tackles; and Rodarius Williams finished with a career-high four pass break ups.
6. OSU outrushed West Virginia 203 to 68, marking the 32nd time in its last 45 outings it has done so.
7. Oklahoma State is 25-3 in its last 28 games when leading at halftime, dating back to Sept. 17, 2016. OSU led 20-7 at the half.
8. Saturday marked the first time in eight games — when OSU last faced Texas Tech — that OSU was held scoreless in the first quarter. It was the first time since Sept. 15, 2018, that a game OSU was participating in was 0-0 after the first quarter. (OSU beat Boise State 44-21 on Sept. 15, 2018.)
9. OSU punter Tom Hutton booted the longest punt of his career Saturday with a career-best 62-yard bomb. His 44.8 yard punt average on six punts tied for his best single-game average (among games in which he punted at least twice) since he arrived at OSU last season.
10. With the win over unranked West Virginia, OSU is 70-14 in its last 84 games facing unranked opponents dating back to the 2010 season.