His final throw of the day was actually an interception on a deep ball to the end zone with left in the quarter — ending a streak of 216 consecutive passes without a pick dating from last season, according to the Associated Press. (Two plays later, Oklahoma State made up for it with a pick-six to make it 56-14.) But that was essentially the only blemish on Rudolph’s afternoon. That’s what he prides himself on,” Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said after the win.
“And he backs it up.” Oklahoma State had four 100-yard receivers — Jalen Mc Cleskey (seven receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns), James Washington (five for 124), Marcell Ateman (four for 109 and a score) and Dillon Stoner (5, 100, 1) — the first time that has happened in major college football in 12 years.
Mason Rudolph threw for five touchdowns, all in the first half, and No. native, completed 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards and the five scores before being pulled in the middle of the third quarter with the Cowboys (3-0) in full command.
Sophomore Zach Smith was 12-for-34 for 263 yards in his first start of the season for Baylor (0-3) with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Bears are off to their worst start since the 1999 team opened with four losses on its way to a 1-10 finish in the first season under Kevin Steele, the former Clemson defensive coordinator. C., redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns – three to Cam Phillips – to help Virginia Tech beat East Carolina.
Smith threw his first interception of the season late in the fourth quarter, snapping his streak of 298 pass attempts without a pick dating back to last season.
He’s one of just three players to ever toss 18-plus touchdowns before throwing an interception to begin a season.
Phillips had a program-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hokies improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.