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Oklahoma State's Rudolph shows National Football League form in rout of Pitt

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MASON RUDOLPH

Mayfield was brilliant against the Buckeyes, and after throwing for 715 yards and six touchdowns without an interception over the first two weeks of the season deservedly put himself among the top Heisman Trophy candidates in college football.

"They all did their job", Rudolph said.

Shoddy tackling by the Panthers certainly contributed to Rudolph's eye-popping performance, which, according to ESPN's statisticians, marked the most passing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single half since 2013. He completed throws to all levels of the field, showing the velocity needed for the tough sideline throws required in the National Football League, as well as excellent touch and trajectory on his deep balls, allowing his receivers space to run under them.

The Cowboys next possession took a little bit longer, but Mason Rudolph connected for his seventh touchdown pass of the season on a 54 yard strike to Dillon Stoner. Pitt's defense appears to be on the upswing in coach Pat Narduzzi's third year.

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But back to that first half.

The Cowboys had four receivers go over 100 yards as Oklahoma State jumped out to a 28-0 lead. The Pitt running game was mostly bottled up, with starter Qadree Ollison held to six yards on seven carries.

After just a few minutes, it became apparent that Pitt was no match for Oklahoma State's ridiculous offense. He finished with 497 yards and five touchdowns before exiting midway through the third quarter. Pitt OL Brandon Hodges (undisclosed injury) did not play after leaving the game against Penn State last week in the first half. The Panthers played man coverage on the outside in hopes of bringing pressure on Rudolph, a plan that misfired badly a year ago and was no better at home. After a trip to Heinz Field to face Pitt this Saturday will mark back-to-back road games.

Oklahoma State: Welcomes No. 20 TCU to Boone Pickens Stadium in Big 12 opener on Saturday. The teams have split four meetings since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2012.

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