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  OSU's true freshman quarterback relieved injured starter Spencer Sanders midway through the first quarter and completed the Cowboys' only touchdown drive, with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Logan Carter. Sanders returned for the fourth quarter, but in between, Illingworth completed just two of 15 passes for 32 yards. Illingworth's numbers were a ghastly 5-of-21 for 71 yards. Yes, OSU had trouble blocking the Sooners, but this is the 21st century; 5-of-21 is losing football. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#5 QB) Fr/2024 QB Shane IllingworthOklahoma State
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  11/09/20 - Tom HuttonSo/2023, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 196 (DS#8 P) + More +

  NOV 9 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tom Hutton, P, So., Oklahoma State,...Hutton punted a career-high eight times in OSU's 20-18 win at K-State, playing an integral role in field position throughout the game. Three of his punts were downed inside the K-State 20. Only one of Hutton's eight attempts was able to be returned by K-State, as his spot punting forced fair catches or was targeted out-of-bounds. The Wildcats' average field position following Hutton's punts was its own 23.5 yard line. - Big 12 Football

(DS#8 P) So/2023 P Tom HuttonOklahoma State
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  A week after a three-turnover game, the OSU quarterback was the steadying force on offense. Even though he wasn't great throwing the ball - 14-of-23 for 108 yards - he was clearly mindful of not throwing it to the other team. A couple of times, he opted to throw it away instead of trying to make a tough play. Those were smart decisions. He also held on to the football, whether he was running or moving around in the backfield. Not once did he put it on the ground. Turnovers would've been killer with Tylan Wallace, Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown hobbled, but Sanders steered clear of disaster Saturday. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#18 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  11/08/20 - Tylan WallaceSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Oklahoma State wideout Tylan Wallace, the Big 12's leader in nearly every major receiving category - including receptions per game (7.0), yards per game (117.6) and total yardage (588) - was held out of the lineup Saturday, reportedly batting a muscle injury that occurred in a practice earlier this week. His only appearance in the game came during the fourth quarter, when he took the field for an onside kick by K-State. He knocked the ball out of bounds before returning to the Cowboys' sideline. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#5 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
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  11/08/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 208 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Star running back Chuba Hubbard, who ranked third in the Big 12 entering Saturday with 110 rushing yards per game, carried the ball only six times for 31 yards against the Wildcats. He did not log a rushing attempt in the fourth quarter, as he was dealing with an apparent leg injury. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  11/07/20 - LD BrownrSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#39 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma State was missing so many offensive players to injuries this week that coach Mike Gundy joked he took most of the reps at running back, even though he's a 53-year-old ex-quarterback who was hardly known for his wheels. Good thing the Cowboys' defense showed up against Kansas State. Jason Taylor II returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma State stopped the Wildcats' 2-point try that would have tied the game with 2:08 to go, allowing the No. 14 Cowboys to escape with a 20-18 victory Saturday night that kept their Big 12 title hopes alive.

"We don't ever talk about it," Gundy said, "but they need the credit this week for fighting through where they were and finding aw ay to win on the road and play this game. It's extremely difficult when you don't have your guys practicing, even though they're some veteran guys. You need to practice." Spencer Sanders was held to just 108 yards passing without dynamic wide receiver Tylan Wallace and with running back Chuba Hubbard slowed by an injury. LD Brown helped to pick up the load, running for 110 yards, as Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1) leaned on a defense that was trampled by Texas a week ago. - AP College Football


(DS#39 RB) rSr/2021 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  After reviewing the game tape, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was not as bothered by quarterback Spencer Sanders' three turnovers as he was immediately following Saturday's 41-34 loss to Texas. Sanders fumbled twice and threw an interception, all of which led to Texas points in the overtime defeat. "The interception, he threw the ball behind the receiver and the Texas guy was in good position," Gundy said Monday in his weekly Zoom teleconference. "The ball exchange issue, he needs to have a better grip on the ball. That's his responsibility on the one we dropped in the first quarter. That's reps. "The strip right before halftime, he was in the pocket for almost five seconds and the guy came from behind. Little better feel for the game. Nobody's open, pull it down, take off and run."

Sanders has turned the ball over five times in the last two games, reigniting the feel of his freshman season last fall, when turnover issues plagued the young quarterback through the middle of the season. But Gundy isn't as concerned about this year's issues. "It was almost like a perfect storm," Gundy said. "We had some issues to correct with Spencer last year. What happened Saturday was not what we dealt with with him last year. Just had a little bit of a perfect storm. Hopefully, we can get some of that corrected before the next game. I'm not as concerned about it as what I was after the game, just based on seeing what transpired." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#18 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  11/02/20 - Tylan WallaceSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  NOV 2 BIG 12 CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tylan Wallace, WR, Sr., Oklahoma State,...Wallace finished with a career-high 11 catches on 11 targets for 187 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the most receiving yards and most catches of any Big 12 player in a game this season. It was the fifth game with double-digit catches of Wallace's career, while it was his 13th career game of 100 or more receiving yards. - Big 12 Football

(DS#5 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
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  10/24/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 208 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Spencer Sanders passed for 235 yards and ran for 71 and a touchdown in his return from injury, and No. 6 Oklahoma State defeated No. 17 Iowa State 24-21 on Saturday. Sanders had been out since injuring his right ankle in the season-opener against Tulsa. Chuba Hubbard ran for 139 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma State (4-0, 3-0 Big 12). With the win, the Cowboys joined Kansas State as the only remaining undefeated teams in conference play. The Cyclones (3-2, 3-1) vaulted onto the national radar by beating Oklahoma earlier in the month and were seeking their first ever 4-0 start in league play. Iowa State’s Breece Hall, who was second nationally in yards rushing per game, ran for a career-high 185 yards. With Oklahoma State leading 14-7 late in the second quarter, Iowa State drove deep into Oklahoma State territory but had to settle for a field goal attempt. Connor Assalley’s 33-yard kick bounced off the right upright with 1:22 left in the first half. It was his second missed field goal of the first half, and Oklahoma State took its seven-point lead into the break. - Oklahoma State/AP College Football

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  Spencer Sanders and Shane Illingworth have been splitting time with the first team at practice for several days now, but Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy isn't committing to a starter for Saturday's game against No. 17 Iowa State. "If I knew, I wouldn't tell you," Gundy said with a wry smile on Monday morning. "We might play both. "I'm not sure right now. We continue to get 'em quality work. Spencer's healthy and then, obviously, Shane's played pretty good. I'm just glad to have a couple guys that can play. I've had some years around here where I was down to my third-team guy in the middle of the season. So we're just thankful that we've got a couple guys that we trust that can get out there and play." The sixth-ranked Cowboys host Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Sanders has been recovering from an injured ankle and hasn't played since the second series of the season opener against Tulsa. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#18 QB) rSo/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State has been relying on backup quarterback Shane Illingworth after starter Spencer Sanders left the Cowboys' season opener with an ankle injury. Sanders is now healthy, but it's unclear what Oklahoma State will do with its quarterback position this weekend. "We're alternating reps," Gundy said. "We might play both. I'm not sure right now. We continue to give them quality work. Spencer is healthy, and obviously Shane has played pretty good. "We're in pretty good shape at the quarterback position." Illingworth is completing 73.5% of his passes for 483 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Sanders threw for 2,065 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year as a freshman. "I think both quarterbacks have shown to be really efficient in their offense," Campbell said. "I don't know if it really changes who they are offensively, and I think both quarterbacks have proven to be really efficient and really effective in their offense." - Des Moines Register

(DS#5 QB) Fr/2024 QB Shane IllingworthOklahoma State
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  10/10/20 - Tylan WallaceSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Tylan Wallace was having a relatively quiet start to the season. It was speculated the Oklahoma State receiver might have been dealing with the lingering effects of his ACL injury from late in the 2019 season. Others wrote it off as the offense was focusing more on avoiding major mistakes from true freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth once starter Spencer Sanders went down on the first play of the second offensive drive of the season. "Tylan is very driven," Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. "He was at, sometimes, we felt four to six weeks ahead in recovery, just based on his willingness to work hard with with rehab. And he's put himself in a good situation. He's somewhat past the mental part of it, which, you know, anytime you get injured, you know, it works on you mentally a little bit, and I think he's gotten past that now. And he's back to just enjoying the game."

Whatever the case was, it's now a thing of the past with the help of the outmatched, inexperienced Kansas defense. Wallace recorded his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season, and hauled in his first touchdowns - including the team's first passing touchdown of the year. He finished with nine catches for 148 yards, with a long of 55 yards, and two touchdowns. "What they did defensively allowed us to be able to do those things," Wallace said. "We watched their past few games and we knew they were going to come out and do that. That's exactly what we needed to be able to throw the ball down the field, and I think we did a better job, obviously, than the past few games." - Stillwater Press


(DS#5 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
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  10/06/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 208 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Heisman hopeful running back Chuba Hubbard finally burst onto the scene this season with 20 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns in just over one half of work. His 7.25 yards per carry was his best output this season, and the sixth game in the past two years in which Hubbard rushed for more than 7 yards an attempt. "I was thoroughly (impressed). It was great to see him get out there on the perimeter, stretch those legs and get that speed," Dunn said. "...It was good to see him get out there on the perimeter today and get some space in some green grass." - Stillwater Press

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  10/03/20 - Tylan WallaceSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy finally got to see what his offense was capable of doing Saturday. It looked a lot like it has the past decade or so. After a couple ho-hum performances against Tulsa and West Virginia, the No. 17 Cowboys took advantage of a porous and backpedaling Kansas defense to get back on track. Shane Illingworth threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, Chuba Hubbard ran for 145 yards and two more scores, and the Cowboys were so far ahead by the third quarter that they were able to rest most of their starters the final 20 minutes of their 47-7 romp at Memorial Stadium.

Tylan Wallace had nine catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Braylon Johnson had four catches for 74 yards and the other passing TD, as the Cowboys (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) built a 31-0 lead by halftime and coasted from there. "Moving the quarterback around and changing linemen around, we couldn't get in sync," Gundy said. "Today we looked more like who we've been the last 13 or 14 years on offense." Oklahoma State finished with 298 yards through the air and 295 on the ground for 593 yards of total offense. But as gaudy as those numbers might be, the Cowboys' defense may have been even more impressive. - Oklahoma State/AP College Football


(DS#5 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
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  For some athletes, seeing a daunting task ahead might send them in a different direction - perhaps down an easier path. But when Christian Holmes elected to leave Missouri as a graduate transfer, he looked at the pass-happy offenses of the Big 12 as a great obstacle for himself to prove his skills. And that's part of his reasoning for landing at Oklahoma State. "I think my mind was made up when I wanted to prove to myself to get more tape of my ability. The ball is thrown a lot in the Big 12," Holmes told the media prior to the season. ""… It is crazy to see the ball thrown around. This is the most I've seen the ball thrown around since I probably put on a helmet. It's crazy and it's fun. It's the way every corner dreams to do."

But there are a lot of defenses in the Big 12 that could have easily benefited from having an experience cornerback added to its roster. At Missouri, Holmes recorded 64 tackles and two interceptions in the previous two seasons before heading to Stillwater. So he could have contributed to any secondary in the Big 12. But it was Oklahoma State's recent success on the field that made it all that more appealing than any other football program. - Stillwater Press


(DS#63 CB) rSr/2021 CB Christian HolmesOklahoma State
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