Not much to say in OSU throttling
STILLWATER - There isn't much to say about Oklahoma State's regular-season finale with Kansas.
It was a meaningless game made even more meaningless when the Cowboys fell to Kansas State, 45-40, last weekend at home. That loss OSU's third eliminated it from Big 12 Championship contention.
As expected, the Cowboys (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) handled the lowly Jayhawks to the tune of 58-17 on Saturday, but despite the throttling, there was a constant reminder of the disappointment that plagued Mike Gundy's squad throughout the 2017 campaign.
Whether it was lingering discontentment from last week or the fact the game featured an 11 a.m. kickoff against one of the worst teams in the FBS on Thanksgiving weekend, many OSU fans couldn't bring themselves to make the trip to Boone Pickens Stadium.
The official attendance was never announced, which makes sense considering about only half of the stadium's 60,000-person capacity was met. The student section was almost nonexistent. Overall, it looked more like a spring game than the 12th ballgame of the season.
Not even Senior Day one last chance to witness and honor the likes of Mason Rudolph and James Washington at home was a big enough occasion to fill seats.
It was easily the most empty and lifeless I've seen the place since I arrived on campus for the 2013 season, epitomizing the Cowboys' season perfectly.
Of course, Rudolph showed up big in his final game at home.
The senior threw for 494 yards, 309 of which came in the first half, and two touchdowns on 32-of-44 passing, completing four or more passes to four receivers. He also ran for two touchdowns in the victory, bringing his season rushing touchdown total to 10.
Along with those rushing scores, Rudolph finished the regular season with 4,609 yards and 35 touchdowns, giving him more combined touchdowns in a season than Barry Sanders during his Heisman-winning 1988 season.
Three of his receivers Dillon Stoner, Marcell Ateman and James Washington finished the game with more than 100 yards receiving, combining for 326 yards.
Rudolph's performance helped OSU become the first team in Big 12 history to have a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers (Washington and Ateman) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill) in a season. The feat was accomplished in the second quarter when Rudolph found Ateman for a 12-yard pass the Cowboys holding a 24-3 lead at the time.