Oklahoma State narrowly escaped Austin, Texas, with a victory Saturday. For quarterback Mason Rudolph, all that matters is that the Cowboys won.
Oklahoma’s 13-10 overtime victory was the 28th time Rudolph won as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, matching his coach, Mike Gundy, for the most victories in Oklahoma State history. It came in one of the least productive games in Rudolph’s career.
For only the sixth time in his career, he appeared in a game and didn’t throw a touchdown pass. The Cowboys went 1-4 in the previous five, including losses in four straight. Had Rudolph thrown a touchdown pass, it would’ve been the 75th of his career, tying Brandon Weeden for the most in program history. It also would have been his 88th total touchdown, which would have brought him even with former Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson atop Oklahoma State’s record books.
Although Rudolph didn’t produce the prolific numbers he regularly has, failing to reach 300 passing yards for the first time in eight games, he generally avoided turnovers. The Cowboys struggled to convert on third down, leading to a season-high 9 punts for Zach Sinor.
Rudolph is now 28-7 in his career, reaching the 28 victories with half as many losses as Gundy did as the Cowboys’ quarterback in the late 1980s. Rudolph will try to break his coach’s record next week at West Virginia.