Scores

Final

Washington St 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Oklahoma State 65

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Boone Pickens Stadium, STILLWATER, OK

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 0 10 0 717
OKST 17 21 13 1465

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (OKST) - 218 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Hunter (OKST) - 21 CAR, 257 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Blackmon (OKST) - 8 REC, 125 YDS, 3 TD

Kendall Hunter's 257 yards, 4 TDs lead Cowboys to rout

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Kendall Hunter rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns out of Oklahoma State's new-look offense and the Cowboys beat Washington State 65-17 on Saturday night.

Oklahoma State (1-0) hired offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen away from Houston during the offseason and Hunter thrived in Holgorsen's system, scoring on runs of 3, 9, 2 and 39 yards.

Brandon Weeden threw three touchdown passes for the Cowboys, all to Justin Blackmon, who also scored on a 7-yard blocked punt return. The Cowboys have won 15 straight home openers, the longest streak in school history.

Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since a 66-24 win over Baylor on Nov. 11, 2006.

Jeff Tuel completed 14 of 29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown for Washington State (0-1).

Washington State went 3-22 the past two seasons and things began badly for the Cougars on Saturday as James Montgomery -- making a return from a career-threatening leg injury he suffered last season -- fumbled on the game's first play and Oklahoma State's Ugo Chinasa recovered at the Cougars' 20.

Two plays later, Hunter scored and Washington State never recovered.

Hunter was a third-team All-America pick after rushing for 1,555 yards as a sophomore, but an ankle injury limited him to eight games, two starts and 382 yards as a junior. By halftime against Washington State, he had rushed for 208 yards, the first time an Oklahoma State back had passed the 200-yard mark in a half since Barry Sanders had 217 yards against Kansas during his Heisman Trophy season in 1988.

Among Oklahoma State running backs, only Sanders has rushed for more touchdowns in a game than Hunter did Saturday. Sanders had five rushing touchdowns three times in 1988, against Tulsa, Kansas and Wyoming. Hunter's 257 yards ranked 12th on Oklahoma State's single-game list. Sanders has five of the Cowboys' top six rushing efforts.

Hunter also moved into eighth place on Oklahoma State's career rushing list.

Hunter's stellar outing eased the pressure on Weeden, a 26-year-old junior making his first start since the fall of 2001 as a high school senior. The former New York Yankees minor league pitcher finished 22 of 30 for 218 yards before also exiting in the third quarter. His favorite target was Blackmon, who caught eight passes for 125 yards.

In the first quarter, Hunter rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys jumped to a 17-0 lead.

A 56-yard field goal by Nico Grasu -- the sixth-longest in Washington State history -- and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Tuel to Marquess Wilson pulled the Cougars within 17-10. But Oklahoma State quickly answered, with Weeden hitting Blackmon for a 42-yard touchdown.

Hunter's 66-yard run to the 1 set up a short scoring pass from Weeden to Blackmon and Hunter scored his third touchdown on the final play of the half to make it 38-10. He added a 39-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter before leaving the game after 21 carries. Blackmon scored again on a 24-yard catch on Oklahoma State's next series, making it 51-10 and giving the Cowboys touchdowns on five straight possessions.

Chantz Staden rushed for 40 yards, Montgomery added 32 yards on 10 carries and Wilson had four catches for 108 yards for Washington State, which was picked in the preseason to finish last in the Pacific-10 Conference. The loss was the Cougars' worst in a season opener since 1967, when they lost 49-0 to Southern California.

Oklahoma State now has won 19 of its last 20 games at Boone Pickens Stadium against nonconference opponents. The Cowboys are 5-0 all-time when opening the season against a Pac-10 team, with all of those wins since 1984.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
OKST
1st Downs1227
Total Yards324544
Passing212253
Rushing112291
Penalties4-404-40
3rd Down Conversions5-184-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers20
Possession30:3929:21

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuel14/292127.310
Oklahoma StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weeden22/302187.330

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Staden34013.3023
Montgomery10323.2015
Oklahoma StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunter2125712.2466
Randle10363.608

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson410827.0148
Barton46917.3031
Oklahoma StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blackmon812515.6342
Cooper5316.208

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSUOKST
TD14:30Kendall Hunter 3 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 07
TD05:43Kendall Hunter 9 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 014
FG01:10Dan Bailey 40 Yd 017
SECOND QUARTERWSUOKST
FG13:08Nico Grasu 56 Yd 317
TD10:12Marquess Wilson 48 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 1017
TD09:10Justin Blackmon 42 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey Kick) 1024
TD04:54Justin Blackmon 1 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey Kick) 1031
TD00:00Kendall Hunter 2 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 1038
THIRD QUARTERWSUOKST
TD12:10Kendall Hunter 39 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 1045
TD08:59Justin Blackmon 24 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1051
FOURTH QUARTERWSUOKST
TD09:17Logwone Mitz 1 Yd Run (Nico Grasu Kick) 1751
TD03:47Jeremy Smith 1 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 1758
TD02:20Justin Blackmon 7 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Dan Bailey Kick) 1765