Perhaps the most talented team in Oklahoma State history ended the regular season Saturday with a convincing 58-17 win over Kansas and now the Cowboys wait for a bowl bid.
At the end of the regular season, senior quarterback Mason Rudolph led the nation in passing yardage (4,553) while wideout James Washington was No. 1 in receiving yardage (1,423). Running back Justice Hill was No. 15 in rushing yards (1,357).
“It was a great day for the seniors,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “When you look from a national prospective, you had a chance to watch basically the Biletnikoff winner, and in my opinion, the guy who could very well win the Davey O’Brien (quarterback award).
“Mason accounted for 45 touchdowns, which is one more than Barry Sanders had. He broke that record. That’s a big-time accomplishment. He’s the nation’s leading passer going in and throws for 438 and two touches. He had a couple of interferences to keep him from getting a couple of other touches. I was very proud of him.
“(This is) the first time ever a team had a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers played on the same team in the Big 12. That’s pretty special for all those guys, and we played about as good as we can play. We’ll get a little rest and get ready to go play in a bowl.”
Rudolph’s passing yardage total ranks as the second-highest season total in OSU history behind only Brandon Weeden’s 4,727 in 2011.
Washington finished with 106 receiving yards on the day to bring his season total to 1,423. That ranks as the sixth-highest season total in OSU history. Washington is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Hill finished with 58 rushing yards on the day to bring his season total to 1,347. That ranks as the 14th-highest season total in OSU history.
“They are an impressive team,” Kansas coach David Beaty said of OSU. “They will be a match for whoever they play in a bowl game. It’s a tough conference. For that team right there not to be in the championship is crazy to me because they are a talented team. It just tells how talented this conference is from top to bottom.”
Rudolph broke Sanders’ single-season touchdown record.
“I think Barry Sanders did a lot for the university and obviously won a Heisman Trophy so I think he’ll always be the best from Oklahoma State,” said Rudolph. “It takes a lot around you to get something like that done. Not everyone in the country has James Washington, Justice Hill, Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey to throw the ball around to.
“I’ve been blessed with a lot of weapons to pass the ball to, and it has been fun. I couldn’t have done it without those guys and the guys up front blocking for me. I’m just really happy and feeling very blessed.”
Oklahoma State has nine seasons with at least nine wins under Gundy. The Pokes are 17-4 in their last 21 games.
Gundy’s conference record is 69-42 but 50-21 in the Big 12 since 2010.