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No. 11 Oklahoma State routs South Alabama 44-7

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Oklahoma State wide receiver Chris Lacy, left, can’t make the catch on an incomplete pass, while South Alabama safety Neiko Robinson defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Oklahoma State won 44-7. (Dan Anderson / Associated Press)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Chris Lacy, left, can’t make the catch on an incomplete pass, while South Alabama safety Neiko Robinson defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Oklahoma State won 44-7. (Dan Anderson / Associated Press)
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MOBILE, Ala. – Mason Rudolph passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a score and broke Oklahoma State’s career passing mark in the No. 11 Cowboys’ 44-7 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.

Rudolph broke Brandon Weeden’s mark of 9,260 yards it late in the second quarter, and finished the night with 9,352. He completed 25 of 38 passes for the Cowboys (2-0) before heading to the sideline late in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior has accounted for eight touchdowns in two games.

Oklahoma State’s defense also throttled the Sun Belt Conference’s Jaguars (0-2), who lost starting quarterback Cole Garvin to a sprained right ankle after one series.

The Cowboys outgained South Alabama 505-175 in total yards and carried a shutout into the final five minutes.

“They just out-executed us,” South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. “Their quarterback was tremendous. They made a lot of big plays and completed a bunch of third-down throws. When you play a team like that, you can’t afford to not execute.”

Rudolph completed a 66-yard touchdown pass on a short slant pass-and-run to James Washington and connected on scoring strikes of 4 and 20 yards to Marcell Ateman.

Justin Phillips scored on a 25-yard interception return off a deflection by lineman Darrion Daniels.

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