MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The 15th ranked Cowboys had their hands full last week against Tulsa. They managed to escape the season opener with a 16-7 win against the Golden Hurricane.
Oklahoma State is coming off an eight-win season in 2019 behind Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Chuba Hubbard and Second Team All-Big 12 player Tylan Wallace.
This Cowboys team returned 18 starters this year. Eight on offense and ten on defense. They had a stout defense in 2019, and if that isn’t enough to convince you they are a top Big 12 team this season, they have one of the best offensive combinations in the nation. The one-two punch of Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace will be tough to slow down.
Hubbard is one of the best backs in the nation, if not the best. He led the nation last year in rushing yards (2,094) and was third in rushing touchdowns (21). Hubbard grinded out 93 yards last week in 27 attempts and one touchdown.
Although, the offense is still uncertain who will be under center against the Mountaineers. They will be deciding between three players. Spencer Sanders, Ethan Bullock and true freshman Shane Illingworth all seen some action last week after Sanders injured his ankle before halftime.
In 2019, Sanders completed 155 passes for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 628 yards. Bullock played at City College of San Francisco. He started for most of the season as a sophomore in 2019, completing 113 passes on 192 attempts. Bullock ended the season with 1,468 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Shane Illingworth showed some serious composure in his first college performance. He went 4 of 5 for 79 yards to cap off the win for the Cowboys.
The defense of Oklahoma State ranked 61st in points per game (26.8) in 2019. The Cowboys have a senior tandem of Amen Ogbongbemiga and Malcolm Rodriguez who combined for 203 tackles last year. They went for 10 tackles and a sack last week.
Last year the Cowboys got the best of the Mountaineers by a score of 20-13. Chuba Hubbard rushed for 106 yards on 26 attempts. Dru Brown completed 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. It was only West Virginia quarterback, Jarrett Doege’s, second start since taking the spot from Austin Kendall. He completed 28 passes for 307 yards and one touchdown.
Both teams are looking to prove something this week. One trying to prove they should be taken serious for Big 12 contention and the other proving they aren’t the same 4-6 team from a year ago.
West Virginia plays the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday, September 26th at Boone Pickens Stadium at 3:30. The game will be televised on ABC.