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3 stars of the game: OSU vs. West Virginia

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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers Football Game, Saturday, September 26, 2020, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

Image Taken at the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers Football Game, Saturday, September 26, 2020, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

The Oklahoma State football team pulled out a 27-13 victory over West Virginia. Here are the players who stood out.

First star: LD Brown

Brown was the most consistent source of Cowboy offense on Saturday running for 103 yards and a TD. He was also efficient, averaging 9.4 yards per carry. Brown looked great carrying the ball, at one point turning a play that looked like it would lose yards where defenders penetrated the backfield into a positive gain with a nasty spin move. Not only was Brown consistent and efficient, but he was also explosive. Brown ripped off a 66 yard early in the second quarter that gave the Cowboys a lead they would never surrender.

Second star: Tyren Irby

OSU defensive end Tyren Irby has arguably the highlight of OSU’s young 2020 season. Just minutes after the Cowboys took the lead, Irby scooped up a WVU Jarret Doege fumble that OSU defensive end Trace Ford caused. Irby turned on the jets as he sprinted towards the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown. Along with his game-changing defensive score, Irby chipped in with a tackle for a 2-yard loss.

Third star: Thurman Thomas

Who says stars of the game have to play in the game? Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers was all about honoring Thurman Thomas, the first inductee into the OSU football ring of honor. At halftime, Thomas was honored with short video messages from ex-teammates including Barry Sanders and Jim Kelly. The jumbotron periodically displayed fun facts and mind-blowing stats of Thomas’ time at OSU. A banner was lifted above the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium to unveil Thomas’ name and No. 34.

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