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Headset check: OSU vs. Tulsa

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NCAA Football: Tulsa at Oklahoma State

Sep 19, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard (30) tackled by Tulsa Golden Hurricane safety Kendarin Ray (1) during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

In Oklahoma State’s 16-7 victory over Tulsa contained a lot of eventful decisions. Here are some of the biggest that stuck out.

The decision to bench Ethan Bullock for Shane Illingworth

It didn’t take long for Shane Illingworth to make his mark on the OSU v. Tulsa game. Illingworth led OSU across the field with ease, finding Tylan Wallace multiple times in his first snaps as a Cowboy. His impact was best shown by OSU’s sudden increase in receptions in the fourth quarter.

Illingworth looked comfortable, making plays the Cowboys needed. It opened the holes for Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown to gain positive yards. It’s safe to assume Illingworth will get the start next week if Spencer Sanders cannot play.

Conservative plays in the fourth quarter

Illingworth was given the chance to play in the fourth quarter, but OSU did not put the ball in the air much. The freshman had been in contact tracing for the past two weeks and nearly didn’t suit up to play. That resulted in conservative play-calling once the Cowboys had the lead.

The field position also factored in. OSU had the ball inside the Tulsa 5-yard line to start a drive and ran three run plays before settling for a field goal. OSU would go up two possessions with the made field goal, which had to factor into the conservative play calls.

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