OSU Takes Down Tulsa After Three-Hour Delay
Grant Belcher, News9.com
TULSA, Oklahoma – While OSU sleepwalked its way to a victory on Sunday morning, Tulsa fans woke up wishing it was all a bad dream.
After a three-hour weather delay, Oklahoma State dominated from the get-go in a 59-33 win at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.
The game was scheduled to start shortly after 9 p.m. but didn't kick off until 12:17 a.m. central time because of three hours' worth of lightning and strong storms.
The NCAA requires a 30-minute cushion to let lightning clear the area before starting the game, and the teams were mere minutes away from canceling the game before allowing it to go through.
A few thousand fans saw the entire game out, with a fairly even split between OSU and Tulsa fans in attendance as the game progressed.
Worse than the rough result on the scoreboard for TU fans, however, was the loss of their leader and top playmaker in quarterback G.J. Kinne.
Kinne went out of the game on Tulsa's third possession with what was speculated as a strained or torn MCL, but Tulsa has not released any details on the injury. Kinne left the game for good immediately and was later walking around on the sideline but with a noticeable limp. OSU safety Daytawion Lowe delivered the big tackle that was flagged for a late hit out of bounds.
Backup quarterback Kalen Henderson took over for the Golden Hurricane and struggled for the most part in what was essentially his debut.
Though Henderson threw two touchdowns, he also threw three picks and had miscommunications with the center resulting in multiple fumbles.
Tulsa scored first with a short field goal, but OSU didn't waste any time getting out to a fast start. Justin Gilbert took the ensuing kickoff back 96 yards for a score.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, OSU led 21-3 on a run from Joseph Randle and extended the lead to 31-6 by the half.
After a shortened halftime due to the game circumstances, the Cowboys extended their lead to as much as 45-6 before allowing several late touchdowns.
Though Justin Blackmon's streak of 100-yard receiving games was snapped, Joseph Randle continued to rack up the stats early in the year.
Randle ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his total to seven scores on the young season.
One of the bright spots for the Golden Hurricane was signs of life in their rushing game. Trey Watts obliterated his career high with 159 yards, and Ja'Terian Douglas busted out an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on his way to 173 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
10 different receivers caught passes for Oklahoma State. Tulsa found only three different receivers on the night, but junior Bryan Burnham continued his streak of impressive play with 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Gundy won his 50th game as head coach of the Cowboys, and they will begin conference play at 2:30 in College Station, Texas against the Aggies on Saturday.
Tulsa will travel to Boise State on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kick off.