MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy needs rising star Ollie Gordon II to remain humble. The sophomore working again says his coach has nothing to fret about.
Gordon rushed for a career-high 282 yards and scored 4 touchdowns to guide Oklahoma State to a 48-34 victory over West Virginia on Saturday evening.
“I’ll always stay humble. You’ve got to stay hungry,” Gordon stated. “I could act like the world is mine, or I can just be humble, stay hungry and keep playing great with my teammates. As they keep progressing, we keep progressing.”
Gordon, who had 29 carries, now has 4 straight 100-yard speeding performances and surpassed his earlier single-game excessive of 168 yards set every week in the past in a 39-32 win over Kansas. Three of his TDs got here within the fourth quarter.
His 282 yards have been essentially the most for an Oklahoma State participant since Chuba Hubbard had 296 yards towards Kansas State in 2019. And so they have been essentially the most towards West Virginia at its 43-year-old stadium, surpassing the 242 yards by Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine in 2014.
To provide an concept of how far Gordon has are available so little time: he ran for a complete of 107 yards on 19 carries in his first three video games. He’s averaged 26 carries over his final three contests.
“Essentially, we want him going downhill. He’s that type of runner,” Gundy stated. “So we just want to get him going downhill, let him make some cuts and use his strength. He’s so big and strong that he can stay in and get a lot of carries.”
Gordon had 86 yards at halftime Saturday and solely obtained stronger as the sport went on, scoring thrice within the fourth quarter, together with twice on lengthy runs.
Gordon deflected credit score on that to his offensive linemen.
“As we got later in the game, they just kept handling business, knocking blocks down and getting a hat on a hat,” he stated. “That’s what we really need late in games like that.”
Alan Bowman threw two scoring passes for the Cowboys (5-2, 3-1 Huge 12), who moved right into a second-place logjam within the league and have received three straight after beginning the season 2-2.
“Nobody blinked. Nobody freaked out. Nobody worried about anything,” Bowman stated. “That bye week (in late September) came at a really good time for us to kind of focus on ourselves. I think we kind of have an identity now as (to) who we are. The first three weeks, we didn’t have much of an identity.”
Oklahoma State went forward for good after West Virginia (4-3, 2-2) tied the sport 27-27 on a brief area objective with 9:39 remaining.
A facemask penalty on West Virginia cornerback Beanie Bishop and a late out-of-bounds hit by linebacker Ben Cutter on the identical play arrange Oklahoma State on the West Virginia 36-yard line. Bowman discovered Brennan Presley with a 29-yard scoring toss two performs later for a 34-27 lead.
After West Virginia turned the ball over on downs close to midfield, Gordon raced 46 yards for a landing on the following play with 4:15 remaining. Gordon closed the scoring with a 53-yard TD romp with 1:40 left.
Bowman accomplished 24 of 36 passes for 210 yards. He additionally threw a 5-yard TD toss to Jaden Bray within the third quarter.
West Virginia’s Garrett Greene was coming off a career-high 391 passing yards final week in a last-second loss to Houston. In opposition to Oklahoma State he went 15 of 30 for 249 yards. He threw two landing passes and was intercepted as soon as. He additionally ran for 117 yards on 16 carries.
“Crazy fourth quarter,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown stated. “I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a game like that. This one stings more than even the one last week.”
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys made up for a number of missed landing alternatives from inside West Virginia’s 20 within the first half. Alex Hale kicked two area targets and missed a 3rd attempt from brief distance.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers have dropped two straight video games by which that they had loads of probabilities to win.
Oklahoma State hosts Cincinnati subsequent Saturday.
West Virginia performs at UCF subsequent Saturday.
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