OSU football: Five takeaways from the Cowboys' rout of Baylor
WACO, Texas — He scored on the second snap of the first quarter. He scored on the second snap of the second quarter. He scored in between.
Oklahoma State receiver Dillon Stoner had a career day before halftime.
His three first-half touchdowns sparked Oklahoma State’s 42-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday at McLane Stadium.
Stoner finished the first quarter with 133 yards and two touchdowns on four catches, then added another 47 yards and a TD in the second quarter.
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He added a 50-yard reception in the third quarter, then nearly scored another TD in the fourth..
The ultimate team player, Stoner never looks for stardom, but when his opportunity for a big day comes along, he doesn’t miss it. With Tylan Wallace out because of a knee injury suffered last week, Stoner filled the role with one of the best days by a receiver in OSU history.
His 247 yards ranked third on OSU’s single-game chart, behind only Adarius Bowman, who had 300 yards against Kansas in 2006, and James Washington, who had 296 against Pitt in 2016.
Oklahoma State will learn its bowl assignment next weekend after conference championship games have been played.
Here are four more takeaways from Saturday's victory:
Dominic Richardson scores first career TDs, goes over 100 yards
A year ago, Dominic Richardson was the one wearing green, playing for Bishop McGuinness High School in the Class 5A playoffs.
But on Saturday, dressed in orange and black, Richardson scored his first collegiate touchdown for Oklahoma State — running over a green jersey on his way.
Richardson took a handoff and went 17 yards, barreling over a Baylor defender just short of the goal line.
In the second half, he broke loose on a 53-yard run that put him over the 100-yard mark for the game. He’s the fourth different player — with Chuba Hubbard, LD Brown and Dezmon Jackson — to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.
Richardson finished with 169yards and three touchdowns.
Defense stellar against hapless Bears
At the end of the third quarter, Baylor had only 73 total yards, only five rushing yards and seven first downs.
The Bears were without multiple starters and backups on both sides of the ball because of COVID-19 issues. And the OSU defense was on point from the start.
Baylor found some momentum in the fourth quarter with backup quarterback Jacob Zeno, but before a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal, Baylor had only snapped the ball one time in OSU territory.
The Cowboy defense finished with 13 tackles for loss, including four quarterback sacks. It didn’t come away with a turnover — a week after nabbing five in a 29-22 loss to TCU — but did just about everything else right.
Chuba Hubbard has ‘chosen to go to the NFL’
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard has decided to prepare himself for the NFL Draft, coach Mike Gundy announced before Saturday’s game at Baylor.
Hubbard had missed the last two games with an ankle injury that hampered him for more than a month before he was sidelined.
Asked about Hubbard’s availability during his appearance on the OSU pregame radio show, Gundy said Hubbard has “chosen to go to the NFL.”
The decision means the Cowboys will be without Hubbard for Saturday's game at Baylor and the bowl game later this month. Hubbard, a junior, had already made his intentions for next season known when he took part in senior day activities in Stillwater last month.
For the season, Hubbard has 625 rushing yards with an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and five touchdowns. Hubbard returned to a team with big goals after his sophomore season in which he rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Hubbard is projected as a mid-round pick by most draft analysts.
Trace Ford goes out with knee injury
Late in the first half, OSU defensive end Trace Ford was already on the ground when he was hit by a blocker.
Writhing in pain, Ford had to be helped off the field, and was unable to put any weight on his right leg with what appeared to be a knee injury.
Ford hopped to the cart behind the OSU bench and was taken into the locker room for examination.
He joined a list of OSU starters who were unavailable for Saturday’s game.
Oklahoma State wasn’t in as bad a shape as Baylor, which was reported to be without 47 players, coaches and staff members on Saturday. However, the Pokes still had some key players out or limited by injuries.
Receiver Tylan Wallace was held out because of a knee injury suffered last week.
Cornerback Rodarius Williams missed the game because of an ankle injury, snapping his streak of 48 consecutive starts, which was the longest active start streak by a defensive back in college football.
Safety Tre Sterling and running back LD Brown also sat out with injuries.