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3 stars of the game: Rodriguez continues to shine on OSU's defense

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Malcom Rodriguez on the field against Tulsa.

No. 1: Malcolm Rodriguez

Rodriguez once again had a strong presence on the field for the defense, leading the team in tackles with 13 total and eight solo tackles. Rodriguez elected to play one more season with the Cowboys after the NCAA’s eligibility rule amid COVID-19 and his impact on the team is apparent in his play.

No. 2: Tyler Lacy

Lacy was all over the field making plays for the Cowboy defense against Tulsa. Lacy tied his career-high in total tackles in a game with six along with an assist on a big-time sack with his teammate Tyren Irby. With the loss of Trace Ford to an ACL tear it will be very interesting to see if Lacy can continue to play at this high level for the Cowboys and be a big run stopper for the defense.

No. 3: Jaylen Warren

Warren had arguably the most exciting touchdown score of the day. While only being an 11-yard touchdown rush, it was very thrilling and perhaps reminded Cowboy fans of past great running backs to play in Boone Pickens Stadium. Warren finished the day with 37 rushing yards on 14 attempts along with one reception. Warren’s touchdown rush in the fourth quarter ended up being the final score for the Cowboys as they would go on to defeat Tulsa 28-23.