The Bulldogs looked in control early following an opening 57-yard drive capped off by a field goal. They also held the Cowboys to five straight drives that ended with punts to start off the game.
During the offseason, Coach Mike Gundy would not name a starting quarterback. Senior Clint Chelf started the game, but sophomore J.W. Walsh came in and led the Cowboys on a 69-yard drive with 3:49 left in the first half that gave the Cowboys a 7-3 lead.
The Cowboys came back in the second half and scored two more touchdowns on their first three drives while the Bulldogs were unable to put together a scoring drive.
Oklahoma State ended up with only 146 yards through the air but also added 286 yards on the ground. Chelf only played two drives before being replaced by Walsh and ended the day completing three out of six passes for 11 yards. Walsh finished the day completing 18 out of 27 passes for 135 yards and led both teams with 125 rushing yards on 13 carries and one rushing touchdown. Cowboys' senior running back Jeremy Smith had 102 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
Mississippi State also played two quarterbacks: Senior Tyler Russell and sophomore Dak Prescott. Russell finished the day 10 of 16 for 133 yards and one interception while Prescott went 7 of 17 for 89 yards and also threw one interception.
Oklahoma State's next game will be against the UTSA Roadrunners on Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. (ET) while Mississippi State will play the Alcorn State Braves on Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. (ET)
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