STILLWATER — Kendall Hunter rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns out of Oklahoma State's new-look offense and the Cowboys beat Washington State 65-17 on Saturday night.
Oklahoma State (1-0) hired offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen away from Houston during the off-season and Hunter thrived in Holgorsen's system, scoring on runs of 3, 9, 2 and 39 yards.
Brandon Weeden threw three touchdown passes for the Cowboys, all to Justin Blackmon and Blackmon also scored on a 7-yard blocked punt return. The Cowboys have won 15 straight home openers, the longest streak in school history.
Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since a 66-24 win over Baylor on Nov. 11, 2006.
Jeff Tuel completed 14 of 29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown for Washington State (0-1).
Washington State went 3-22 the past two seasons and things began badly for the Cougars on Saturday as James Montgomery — making a return from a career-threatening leg injury he suffered last season — fumbled on the game's first play and Oklahoma State's Ugo Chinasa recovered at the Cougars' 20.
Two plays later, Hunter scored and Washington State never recovered.
Hunter was a third-team All-America pick after rushing for 1,555 yards as a sophomore, but an ankle injury limited him to eight games, two starts and 382 yards as a junior. By halftime against Washington State, he had rushed for 208 yards, the first time an Oklahoma State back had passed the 200-yard mark in a half since Barry Sanders had 217 yards against Kansas during his Heisman Trophy season in 1988.
Among Oklahoma State running backs, only Sanders has rushed for more touchdowns in a game than Hunter did Saturday. Sanders had five rushing touchdowns three times in 1988, against Tulsa, Kansas and Wyoming. Hunter's 257 yards ranked 12th on Oklahoma State's single-game list. Sanders has five of the Cowboys' top six rushing efforts.
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