No. 8 Oklahoma St. mauls Ark.-Pine Bluff, 63-7

Sep 17, 2022; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Korie Black (2) picks up a blocked kick and returns it for a touchdown against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

Spencer Sanders ignited No. 8 Oklahoma State with four early touchdown passes Saturday in a 63-7 rout of visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Stillwater, Okla.

Sanders finished 13 of 16 for 242 yards before giving way to Gunnar Gundy, who threw two more scoring strikes as the Cowboys (3-0) outgained the Golden Lions (2-1) by a 538-230 margin.

Oklahoma State held the ball for only 22:25, but it hardly mattered as the team used quick strikes on offense and a pair of special teams scores to remain unbeaten on the young season.

Braydon Johnson caught four balls for 86 yards and two TDs for the hosts, while Ollie Gordon led the rushing attack with 65 yards and a touchdown on just three carries.

Pine Bluff quarterbacks Skyler Perry, Jalen Macon and Chancellor Edwards combined to go 16 of 41 for 149 yards. Perry found Raequan Prince for the Golden Lions’ only touchdown of the game.

Oklahoma State outgained Pine Bluff 222-36 in the first quarter and held a 28-0 lead after the opening stanza.

Sanders threw touchdown passes of 24 and 42 yards to Johnson and another covering 10 yards to John Paul Richardson in the period. Trace Ford also blocked a punt and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown as part of the first-quarter uprising.

Sanders’ fourth TD pass of the game — a 23-yarder to Brennan Presley — pushed the advantage to 35-0 early in the second quarter. Less than four minutes later, the Cowboys blocked a field goal attempt and Korie Black returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to make it 42-0.

The Golden Lions finally got on the board with 5:24 left before halftime, but the Cowboys marched 70 plays on their ensuing possession — this time with Gundy under center — and the backup signal-caller found Talyn Shettron for a 16-yard score to create a 49-7 margin at halftime.

Oklahoma State took its foot off the gas in the second half. Gundy’s 25-yard TD pass to Cale Cabbiness was the only score of the third quarter, while Gordon’s 53-yard run to the end zone was the lone score of the fourth.

–Field Level Media

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