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College Football Report: Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Texas

STILLWATER, OK (KSWO) - For the first time since 1997, Oklahoma State was able to defeat Texas in Stillwater with their upset win Saturday. It's an achievement Head Coach Mike Gundy challenged his veteran players to help accomplish and change the mindset of this team moving through the rest of Big 12 play.

“We needed to change the tune, change the trend,” says Gundy. “I was unaware of it until you all told me, but I had mentioned to the juniors and seniors that have accomplished a lot here together they need to be the group that stops this. And so, I think they took pride in that.”

Keeping points off the board is always the goal for defense, regardless of how many points that may be. OSU blocked three point after attempts on the afternoon. Two came from Vincent Taylor who recovered and lateraled to Tre Flowers for a two-point return.

“It's a huge momentum swing, right? That was the second score I think, wasn't it? So they had tied it, and they scored twice in about 40 seconds. So it's kind of a downer. And then you get a block and you get a big play, and the flip, and the score, and the fans are excited. Those momentum changes in games are huge,” explains Gundy.

“I was actually right in front of him, and how he was running I kind of knew he was going to pitch it. And he had actually been talking about that all week. That if he gets a block then he was going to pitch it to somebody. So to see that happen, it was a really good play,” recalls sophomore receiver Jalen McCleskey.

Mason Rudolph fueled the Pokes offense throwing for almost 400 yards and three touchdowns. But his most notable touchdown came on the ground, getting rocked at the goal line in the second quarter.

Gundy states, “From day one he's been very competitive. And he's been durable, knock on wood, and tough. And that's why the players respect him.”

“You got to win the game. He's a competitive guy and I think there's a time to get out of bounds, there's a time to slide, and there's a time to get in the endzone. And I think he knows that balance, that fine line. He's going to compete and win,” says Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich.

“Whenever Mason is able to get me, Jhajuan, Chris Lacy, Austin Hayes the ball, you know when they rotate to James, you know, it's harder for defenses to kind of key on one person because other people are making plays and they have to respect everybody on the field,” says McCleskey.

A scary moment occurred in the second half. James Washington took a hard hit in the third quarter. Despite walking off the field, he was held out the rest of the game. The team is optimistic for his return to practice within the next few days, even making light of the situation.

“James will be fine. He's a little soft for that. We were giving him a hard time for that,” says junior quarterback Mason Rudolph. “But he got hit pretty hard, I thought it should have been a penalty. Bu I think our guys did a great job stepping up.”

For a third straight week, the OSU rushing attack had success led by Justice Hill's 135 yards and one touchdown.

Rudolph states, “He ran hard, man. He does a lot of things for us great. He makes people miss, and that's what we need. He's able to kind of break the long run, and it was huge for him. I'm really proud of him. Told him how proud I am of him. He's going to know, experience will be the best teacher for him. He'll keep moving forward.”

Oklahoma now gets ready to host Mike Warren and Iowa State next Saturday.

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