Oklahoma State no longer has quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington around, but the offense still opened the season as potent as ever, with 58 points on Missouri State to make it a positive Saturday.
Taylor Cornelius, Rudolph’s replacement, led the way with 300 yards and five touchdowns. Justice Hill and La’Darren Brown each had over 100 rushing yards to add more fuel to the fire and make this a blowout.
A 1-0 start should easily turn to 2-0, as Oklahoma State will face South Alabama in Week 2 and look to pour on even more offensive domination. However, Boise State waits in the wings for Week 3.
West Virginia opened the season ranked and proved its worth on opening weekend, due to a win at Tennessee, 40-17, and an early-year statement that they can win in other environments. Look for this to help them in the Week 2 rankings, especially as multiple ranked teams lost in Week 1.
This win gives the Mountaineers some momentum in the Big 12 rankings, even if not at the top two level. Plus, with quarterback Will Grier around, this might not be a one-off, dominant win over another top-conference team.
West Virginia will go home to face Youngstown State in Week 2, potentially setting up a 2-0 record to start the season. With a likely season-long battle at the top of the Big 12, Dana Holgersen’s team needs to win all of its non-conference games.