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September 8, 2013

Walsh drops anvil on Roadrunners

SAN ANTONIO — A week after relying on J.W. Walsh’s legs in the season opener, the Oklahoma State football team turned to his arm.

And just like in the victory over Mississippi State, Walsh delivered as the Cowboys rolled to a 56-35 blowout of UTSA at the Alamodome.

In just over a half of work — playing in only the first drive of the second half due to the lopsided affair — the OSU redshirt sophomore completed 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns. The Roadrunners (1-1) did hold Walsh’s legs in check, as he had just five carries for 13 yards with a four-yard touchdown.

“We had a lot of stuff going for us today. With running that uptempo stuff and the defense is having trouble keeping up, a lot of things are going to work for you,” said Walsh, who actually played at the Alamodome in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl his senior year of high school. “When we’re moving fast like that, good things will happen for us.”

The 88.9 completion percentage by Walsh broke Brandon Weeden’s OSU record for completion percentage — which was previously 85.7 against Kansas in 2011.

“He did a lot more here than I’ve ever done, so I’m not going to give him a hard time, yet,” Walsh said. “Can’t say anything to him yet ... got a long way to go.”

For the second straight week the Cowboy defense held the opposing offense in check — that is until the backups came in.

After giving up a game-tying touchdown late in the first quarter, Oklahoma State (2-0) kept the Roadrunners out of the end zone until UTSA scored again within the first minute of the fourth quarter — to make it 42-14.

The Roadrunners had their chances to move the ball down the field, wracking up 504 yards of offense on 82 plays. But OSU’s top defense forced UTSA into four punts with the Roadrunners going 2 for 4 in the red zone through the first three quarters.

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