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Oklahoma State Cowboys beat West Virginia Mountaineers 37-20 at Boone Pickens Stadium

Posted: 10:30 AM, Oct 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-29 16:14:03-04

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Mason Rudolph threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help Oklahoma State upset No. 10 West Virginia 37-20 on Saturday.

Rudolph passed for 273 yards. James Washington had six catches for 117 yards, Chris Lacy caught two touchdown passes and Jalen McCleskey matched a career high with 11 receptions  for the Cowboys (6-2, 4-1 Big 12).

It was Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's 100th career win, and it put the Cowboys in position to contend for the Big 12 title.

West Virginia's Skyler Howard passed for 212 yards, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble for the Mountaineers (6-1, 3-1).

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers hadn't played too tough of a schedule, so it was difficult to tell how good they were. West Virginia, which entered the game 10th in the nation in yards per game with 510 yards per game, finished with 421.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are known for their explosive offense, but their defense led the way in this one. Three times, the Cowboys forced turnovers and gained possession inside the West Virginia 15-yard line, leading directly to 17 points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are looking at a steep drop because they don't have any really strong wins to give them a case to avoid it. They could fall out of the Top 20.

 klahoma State: The Cowboys could re-enter the rankings. They might already have been in the Top 25 if not for a controversial loss to Central Michigan.

INJURY REPORT

Rushel Shell, West Virginia's leading rusher for the season, left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

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