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3 takeaways: OSU vs Tulsa

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Defensive players Malcom Rodriguez and Kody Walterscheid against Tulsa.

Oklahoma State narrowly escaped in-state rival Tulsa on Saturday.

The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane traded punches throughout the game before OSU pulled it out in the 28-23 win. Here are three takeaways from the game.

The offensive line still has a lot of improving to do.

Oklahoma State’s offensive line was impressive pass blocking in week one, and lackluster in the run game. In week two against Tulsa it was subpar in both aspects. Coach Mike Gundy and the offensive staff switch up the offensive line with Preston Wilson starting at right guard and Cole Birmingham at left tackle. With the season ramping up in strength of the opponents, the Cowboys offensive line will need to improve, and quickly.

The future of the wide receiver room is very bright.

Braydon Johnson was out and Tay Martin didn’t even finish the first drive for the Cowboys receiving corps, yet the young guys still had an impressive showing. Jaden Bray and Bryson Green both played a majority of snaps for the Cowboys, and each of them scored touchdowns. In a room that OSU has a rich history in, the future of that history looks bright as the young guys continue to grow.

Malcolm Rodriguez is putting together an impressive start to the season.

The final score came as a shock to many Cowboy fans, but one thing did not, Malcolm Rodriguez was all over the field and had 13 tackles. Rodriguez now has 28 total tackles in the first two games. His 14 tackles per game average would be just short of the season record of 15.92, if it holds throughout the remainder of the season. Rodriguez is the protector of the middle of the field and a key piece in the Cowboy defense’s success in stopping the run game.