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The 10 Best Stats from OSU’s Dominant Victory Against Missouri State

On those RB numbers, new starters and the third-most yards in school history.



There are a lot of impressive numbers to choose from when Oklahoma State gets to dismantle an FCS opponent.

The Cowboys’ 58-17 victory included a lot of firsts and a lot of running. Here are the 10 best stats from Thursday’s shellacking.

23: This is Oklahoma State’s 23rd straight victory in its home opener, a streak that is second in the country only behind Florida State’s 28. The streak started in 1996 against? Southwest Missouri State, now simply Missouri State, in the first overtime game in NCAA Division I-A history.

436: The number of rushing yards OSU had Thursday night. It’s the eighth most in school history, and second most since the turn of the century only behind when the Cowboys went for 450 against? Missouri State in 2008 (This is getting creepy).

7: The number of players who made their first career starts for OSU. Everybody knows the obvious Taylor Cornelius, but Tyron Johnson, Tylan Wallace, Jelani Woods, Shane Richards, Arlington Hambright and Malcolm Rodriguez also started for the first time. Six of those players are on offense, meaning (whips out calculator) 55 percent of the offensive starters made their first start.

732: Despite all the new faces in the starting lineup, the OSU offense tallied 732 yards of total offense, the third most in school history. The number trails the 744 yards the Cowboys put on Baylor last season, and the 742 yards the Pokes had against Louisiana in 2012.

295: Taylor Cornelius had the fourth-most passing yards of any Cowboy in his first career start with his 295. That ranks him ahead of both Mason Rudolph (281) and Brandon Weeden (218). He trails Aso Pogi (328), Daxx Garman (315) and J.W. Walsh (301).

38: Jalen McCleskey has caught a pass in 38 of his 40 career games. McCleskey, a senior from Covington, Louisiana, brought in six receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night. He also had a five-yard rushing touchdown.

3: Three players scored their first touchdowns as Cowboys against Missouri State. Chuba Hubbard broke off a 54-yard catch and run in the second half for his first score. Taylor Cornelius found Tylan Wallace in the back of the end zone in the second quarter for Wallace’s first TD, and Sione Finefeuiaki caught a three-yard touchdown pass for his.

64: The percentage of OSU’s offense the running backs accounted for. The Cowboys used five running backs against Missouri State, who together had 357 rushing yards, 112 receiving yards and three total touchdowns.

100: Thursday’s game was the first time since 2016 where two OSU players finished with 100 rushing yards. Justice Hill (122) and LD Brown (115) were the first to do so since Hill and Chris Carson did against TCU in 2016.

92: Justice Hill’s 92-yard dash was the fourth longest run in school history. He didn’t score, but it was the longest run since Tatum Bell went for 95 yards in 2003.

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