GAMEDAY College Football

Oklahoma State 58, Central Michigan 44

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

STILLWATER, Okla. - Spencer Sanders passed for a career-high 406 yards and accounted for six touchdowns and No. 12 Oklahoma State beat Central Michigan 58-44 to give Mike Gundy his 150th coaching victory.

Gundy improved to 150-69 in his 18th season coaching his alma mater.

Sanders matched a career high with four touchdown passes and set a career mark with two rushing scores in the opener for both teams. Braydon Johnson had career highs of six catches for 133 yards and Brennan Presley added five catches for 83 yards.

Daniel Richardson passed for a career-high 424 yards and threw four touchdown passes for Central Michigan. Lew Nichols III, the nation's leading rusher last year, ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

Sanders passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and ran for two more scores to help the Cowboys take a 44-15 lead.

The Cowboys led 51-15 less than a minute into the third quarter before Central Michigan climbed back into the game. Jalen McGaughy's 54-yard touchdown pass from Richardson cut it to 58-44 with 3:15 remaining. McGaughy had six catches for 126 yards and two scores.

Central Michigan gained 546 total yards and outscored Oklahoma State 29-14 in the second half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Central Michigan: The Chippewas came in with high hopes after going 9-4 last season and beating Washington State in the Sun Bowl. But Sanders was too much for them early, and they couldn't get their running game going well enough to control the clock and slow his rhythm.

Oklahoma State: The defense carried much of the load last season, but the offense put up 531 total yards on Thursday, mostly in the first half. The running game still could use some work, though. Oklahoma State finished with 125 yards rushing on 32 carries, and the Cowboys struggled to put the game away.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CentMiOkSt
OkSt TD 10:09 John Paul Richardson 45 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 0 7
CentMi TD 7:05 Carlos Carriere 15 yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson (Marshall Meeder Extra Point) 7 7
OkSt SF 0:55 Team safety 7 9
OkSt TD 0:00 Spencer Sanders 17 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 7 16
Second Quarter CentMiOkSt
OkSt TD 11:32 Braydon Johnson 13 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 7 23
OkSt TD 7:14 Jaden Nixon 17 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 7 30
OkSt TD 4:32 Spencer Sanders 23 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 7 37
CentMi TD 0:43 Lew Nichols III 4 yard TD run (Jalen McGaughy 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 15 37
OkSt TD 0:11 Dominic Richardson 1 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 15 44
Third Quarter CentMiOkSt
OkSt TD 14:23 Bryson Green 7 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 15 51
CentMi TD 11:14 Jalen McGaughy 1 yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson (Marshall Meeder Extra Point) 22 51
Fourth Quarter CentMiOkSt
CentMi TD 12:31 Myles Bailey 18 yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson (Carlos Carriere 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 28 51
OkSt TD 9:17 Zach Middleton 1 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 28 58
CentMi TD 6:50 Lew Nichols III 15 yard TD run (Carlos Carriere 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 36 58
CentMi TD 3:15 Jalen McGaughy 54 yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson (Joel Wilson 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 44 58
Team Stats
  Central Michigan Oklahoma State
First downs 30 28
  Rushing 7 9
  Passing 21 17
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 3-11, 27%
4th down efficiency 3-5, 60% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 39-122 32-125
Passing Yards 424 406
Return Yards 53 95
Completions-Attempts-Int 36-49-1 28-41-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 1-7
Punts 5 8
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-68 5-45
Central Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Richardson 36 49 424 4 1
Oklahoma State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Sanders 28 41 406 4 0
Central Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Nichols III 26 72 2.8 2
M. Bailey 9 51 5.7 0
D. Richardson 4 -1 -0.3 0
Oklahoma State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Richardson 9 61 6.8 1
S. Sanders 11 57 5.2 2
J. Nixon 5 6 1.2 0
G. Gundy 1 5 5.0 0
Z. Middleton 1 1 1.0 1
O. Gordon 2 -1 -0.5 0
Central Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McGaughy 6 126 21.0 2
C. Carriere 5 75 15.0 1
J. Wilson 6 64 10.7 0
D. Dixon 5 53 10.6 0
F. Hogan 3 31 10.3 0
M. Bailey 3 28 9.3 1
L. Nichols III 6 26 4.3 0
C. Conley 1 11 11.0 0
M. Young 1 10 10.0 0
Oklahoma State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Johnson 6 133 22.2 1
B. Presley 5 83 16.6 0
J. Richardson 4 73 18.3 1
B. Green 3 34 11.3 1
J. Nixon 2 25 12.5 1
R. Owens 2 18 9.0 0
O. Gordon 2 16 8.0 0
J. Schultz 1 13 13.0 0
D. Richardson 1 8 8.0 0
B. Presley 1 8 8.0 0
B. Cassity 1 -5 -5.0 0
Central Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oklahoma State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Daniels 1 0
Central Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Elzinga 5 197 39.4
Oklahoma State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Hutton 7 288 41.1
Central Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Stepney 1 -2 -2.0
J. Williams 1 -3 -3.0
Oklahoma State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 2 11 5.5
Central Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Jackson 2 37 18.5
M. Bailey 1 21 21.0
Oklahoma State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 2 46 23.0
B. Green 1 -1 -1.0
C. Cabbiness 1 14 14.0
J. Nixon 1 25 25.0
Central Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
M. Meeder 50
Oklahoma State Missed FG
Player Length




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