Pokes hold steady in polls, Rudolph honored

Jeff Johnson, Publisher
O State Illustrated

On the heels of their 41-34 win at Texas Tech, the Oklahoma State Cowboys held steady in both national polls. Going into the game, they were No. 14 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.

OSU is one of four Big 12 schools to appear in both polls this week, as the Cowboys are joined by Oklahoma (No. 3/3), TCU (No. 8/10) and West Virginia (No. 23/23).

On the Big 12's weekly teleconference, the conference announced that OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph was chosen as the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week. It is the fifth time he has earned Big 12 weekly honors in his career and the second time in 2017.

Rudolph led the way for the Cowboys against the Red Raiders with five total touchdowns. He finished 27-of-38 passing for 376 yards and three scores.

The senior signal-caller also ran for two touchdowns. His 16-yard scamper on a zone read play late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner, breaking a 34-all tie.

Rudolph's 376-yard day set an OSU record, as it was his 17th career game with at least 300 passing yards, surpassing Brandon Weeden's previous mark of 16. Rudolph also extended his own OSU record with his sixth-straight 300-yard passing game, which includes every game in 2017 thus far.

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