GAMEDAY College Football

Oklahoma State 34, Arizona State 17

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he saw some of the improvement he was looking for after what he considered a shaky opener.

Spencer Sanders passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 11 Oklahoma State defeated Arizona State 34-17.

Sanders passed for 268 yards and ran for 54, and Dominic Richardson ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 44 yards for the Cowboys (2-0).

The Cowboys had some issues in a 58-44 win over Central Michigan a week ago.

"So that was a better game for us overall as a team," Gundy said. "We minimized missed assignments from the last game. So I told the the team and the coaches in the locker room that I was proud of them."

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said some of the damage, especially on pass defense, was self-inflicted.

"Magically, we just blew two coverages," he said. "Just let the guys go and gave them some easy scores."

Emory Jones passed for 223 yards and a touchdown and Xazavian Valladay rushed for 118 yards and a score for Arizona State (1-1).

In the second quarter, Oklahoma State's Brock Martin's hit Valladay hard and forced a fumble, Tyler Lacy recovered and the Cowboys took over at the Arizona State 37. Oklahoma State took advantage, and Richardson's 3-yard touchdown run gave the Cowboys a 7-3 lead.

Later in the quarter, Sanders kept on the option for a 6-yard touchdown run to put Oklahoma State up 14-3 with just under three minutes left before halftime. His score capped an 11-play, 96-yard drive. The Cowboys tacked on a field goal to lead 17-3 at the break.

Valladay's 1-yard touchdown run, which came shortly after a 73-yard reception by Giovanni Sanders, cut Oklahoma State's lead to 17-10.

After an Oklahoma State field goal, Jones connected with Elijhah Badger for a 21-yard touchdown that pulled Arizona State to 20-17 with 14:25 to play. The Cowboys responded with trickery as Sanders found Bryson Green wide open on a flea-flicker, and the 31-yard score put Oklahoma State in control for good.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona State: The Sun Devils struggled with their passing game, completing just 12 of 24 passes. Defensively, Arizona State allowed just 120 yards the previous week against Northern Arizona, but surrendered 465 yards on Saturday.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys gave up 546 yards in the opener against Central Michigan, but they bounced back and held the Sun Devils to 354 total yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

There's room for the Cowboys to move up into the Top 10 after Texas A&M and Notre Dame lost on Saturday.

CAREER MILESTONE

Valladay surpassed 4,000 career all-purpose yards on Saturday. The transfer from Wyoming entered the day with 3,987 career all-purpose yards and now has 4,105.

Valladay entered the week as the FBS' career active rushing leader.

CLOSING IT OUT

Oklahoma State struggled to close out their opener against Central Michigan, but the Cowboys were much better in the fourth quarter against Arizona State.

The Cowboys possessed the ball for 10:33 in the fourth quarter, outgained the Sun Devils 156-70 in the period and most important, outscored Arizona State 14-7 in the final 15 minutes.

"Much, much better rushing the football and we're much, much more physical in the second half, and our running backs broke some tackles in key third downs and situations to keep us going," Gundy said.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AriStOkSt
AriSt FG 9:00 Carter Brown 27 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter AriStOkSt
OkSt TD 8:28 Dominic Richardson 3 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 3 7
OkSt TD 2:45 Spencer Sanders 6 yard TD run (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 3 14
OkSt FG 0:26 Tanner Brown 43 yard field goal 3 17
Third Quarter AriStOkSt
AriSt TD 12:18 Xazavian Valladay 1 yard TD run (Carter Brown Extra Point) 10 17
OkSt FG 5:48 Tanner Brown 24 yard field goal 10 20
Fourth Quarter AriStOkSt
AriSt TD 14:25 Elijhah Badger 21 yard TD pass from Emory Jones (Carter Brown Extra Point) 17 20
OkSt TD 13:31 Bryson Green 31 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 17 27
OkSt TD 7:41 Ollie Gordon 14 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 17 34
Team Stats
  Arizona State Oklahoma State
First downs 14 30
  Rushing 4 9
  Passing 8 14
  Penalty 2 7
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 38-132 46-197
Passing Yards 223 268
Return Yards 83 76
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-23-0 21-38-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-20 0-0
Punts 8 7
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 10-95 7-68
Arizona State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Jones 12 23 223 1 0
Oklahoma State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Sanders 21 38 268 2 1
Arizona State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
X. Valladay 22 119 5.4 1
D. Ngata 7 31 4.4 0
G. Sanders 1 0 0.0 0
E. Jones 7 -17 -2.4 0
Oklahoma State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Richardson 27 130 4.8 1
S. Sanders 14 55 3.9 1
O. Gordon 3 9 3.0 0
B. Presley 1 3 3.0 0
J. Nixon 1 0 0.0 0
Arizona State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Sanders 3 94 31.3 0
E. Badger 6 91 15.2 1
C. Hall IV 1 18 18.0 0
M. Swinson 1 15 15.0 0
J. Conyers 1 5 5.0 0
Oklahoma State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Green 5 83 16.6 1
B. Johnson 4 81 20.3 0
D. Richardson 5 44 8.8 0
B. Presley 4 23 5.8 0
J. Richardson 2 23 11.5 0
O. Gordon 1 14 14.0 1
Arizona State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Soelle 1 0
Oklahoma State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arizona State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Czaplicki 8 380 47.5
Oklahoma State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Hutton 7 307 43.9
Arizona State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 4 23 5.8
C. Johnson 1 9 9.0
Oklahoma State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 3 22 7.3
Arizona State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 2 27 13.5
C. Edmonds 1 24 24.0
Oklahoma State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Nixon 2 54 27.0
Arizona State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Brown 48
Oklahoma State Missed FG
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