The result was guaranteed: an OSU team with an orange-and-black color scheme would win.
“I’m so tired of seeing our orange (in practice),” defensive lineman Brock Martin said. “But now I gotta go see some more orange.”
The Oklahoma State football team traveled to Corvallis, Oregon, and left Reser Stadium as the victorious OSU. The Cowboys defeated Oregon State 52-36 in a Friday night game to start their season.
Attention surrounded Spencer Sanders’ debut at quarterback and running back Chuba Hubbard’s display of speed. Here are some other notable points about the Cowboys’ victory:
The Cowboys scored while coaches were stuck in an elevator.
Hubbard capped the Cowboys’ first drive of the second half with a touchdown.
As he ran two yards into the end zone, offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson was trapped in an elevator. Gleeson and some other Cowboy assistants were on their way to the press box for the second half when their elevator malfunctioned.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright reported that Kasey Dunn, OSU’s associate head coach and receivers coach, was available to call plays in Gleeson’s place. Play was temporarily halted after Hubbard’s touchdown so Gleeson and Co. could be rescued.
Tom Hutton didn’t spend much time on the field.
Tom Hutton didn’t punt in the first half.
Fans were excited to see what Hutton, a 29-year-old freshman from Australia, could do for Oklahoma State, but they had to wait.
The Cowboys put their offense into high gear and scored on each of their drives before halftime, except for when they took a knee to run out the clock at the end of the first half. Oklahoma State also scored on its first two drives in the second.
Hutton made his debut during the Cowboys’ third drive after halftime. He punted twice against Oregon State, once for 40 yards and another time for 35 yards. Coaches and players have hyped up Hutton’s abilities, but he didn’t have much of a chance to make a statement — which meant the Cowboys had momentum against the Beavers.
A leader was missing from the defense.
The Cowboys played without Calvin Bundage.
Bundage, a senior linebacker from Edmond, had been dealing with a back strain in the preseason. Although Gundy said Bundage was cleared to practice, sideline reporter Robert Allen said he didn’t travel to Corvallis with the Cowboys.
Malcom Rodriguez, a former safety, started in Bundage’s spot. The season opener was a test for OSU’s defensive unit, which allowed a touchdown on the first drive and 448 yards, but young defenders such as Tre Sterling and Trace Ford showed their potential.
Tylan Wallace is still Tylan Wallace.
Before the Cowboys faced Oregon State, Mike Gundy said Tylan Wallace hasn’t changed since the previous season.
Although he caught passes from Sanders instead of Taylor Cornelius on Friday, Wallace looked the same as the All-American Biletnikoff finalist who had a breakout year in 2018. He started this season with two touchdowns and five receptions for 92 yards.