MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mason Rudolph passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a score and broke Oklahoma State's career passing mark in the No. 11 Cowboys' 44-7 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.
Rudolph broke Brandon Weeden's mark of 9,260 yards it late in the second quarter, and finished the night with 9,352. He completed 25 of 38 passes for the Cowboys (2-0) before heading to the sideline late in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior has accounted for eight touchdowns in two games.
Oklahoma State's defense also throttled the Sun Belt Conference's Jaguars (0-2), who lost starting quarterback Cole Garvin to a sprained right ankle after one series.
The Cowboys outgained South Alabama 505-175 in total yards and carried a shutout into the final five minutes.
"They just out-executed us," South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. "Their quarterback was tremendous. They made a lot of big plays and completed a bunch of third-down throws. When you play a team like that, you can't afford to not execute."
Rudolph completed a 66-yard touchdown pass on a short slant pass-and-run to James Washington and connected on scoring strikes of 4 and 20 yards to Marcell Ateman.
Justin Phillips scored on a 25-yard interception return off a deflection by lineman Darrion Daniels.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys' offense didn't quite match its 640-yard, 59-point performance against Tulsa, but the defense handled South Alabama most of the way. It didn't matter much that leading rusher Justice Hill had a quiet night with 27 yards on 11 carries, but added four catches for 46 yards. Held South Alabama to 1-of-10 on third down conversions.
SOUTH ALABAMA: Has allowed nearly 800 passing yards against Mississippi and Oklahoma State. Backup quarterback Dallas Davis, a 10-game starter last season, completed 13 of 23 passes for 126 yards. He hit Maaseiah Francis for a late 17-yard touchdown.
Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage was ejected for targeting on the initial play of the third quarter. He'll miss the first half at Pittsburgh, a blow to an already-depleted linebacking corps. Kenneth Edison-McGruder missed the game with an injury and is day-to-day, Gundy said. He said backup Kevin Henry sustained a knee injury during a non-contact drill on Thursday and is likely out for the season.
"Bundage put us in a bind there when we lost him," Gundy said.
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The Cowboys will get two home games against South Alabama in exchange for playing in front of a crowd of 26,487 with a number of empty seats at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Jaguars visit Stillwater next season and in 2023.
Oklahoma State visits Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16, before opening Big 12 play against TCU.
South Alabama gets a break from Power 5 opponents, facing FCS Alabama A&M.
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