No. 19 Oklahoma State wins opener in 84-0 rout
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Even the biggest — and richest — Oklahoma State fan couldn't get overly excited about this victory.
Before the 19th-ranked Cowboys kicked off their season with a ridiculous 84-0 victory against Savannah State on Saturday night, billionaire booster Boone Pickens said he wanted to see Oklahoma State put together a tougher nonconference schedule.
"I just think we can do better," he said. "Notre Dame's already booked but I'd just as soon play Notre Dame. Everybody wants to play Notre Dame."
To call what the Tigers provided for Oklahoma State a tune-up is probably an overstatement.
"I'm just glad the kids went out and played hard," coach Mike Gundy said after the team's most lopsided win since 1916.
"We play the games that are scheduled and go on down the road."
Freshman Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his passes in a brief first outing as the new starting quarterback for Oklahoma State.
Lunt and many of the other starters didn't even make it to the end of the first quarter before getting pulled out of respect for a lower division team that had won only one game each of the previous two seasons.
Gundy wanted no part of discussing the pros and cons of choosing to play a team that had gone 4-72 against competition from the Football Championship Subdivision — that's a level below Oklahoma State's Football Bowl Subdivision, with fewer scholarships and resources.
Savannah State (0-1) got a $385,000 payout for its first game against an FBS opponent, and coach Steve Davenport wasn't sure afterward if even that made it worthwhile.
"We're going to have to readdress that. You get paid for certain things, but I don't know if at the end of the day, some things are worth the payments you get. But we'll see. Those are conversations we'll have.
"But we've got to get better and be more competitive to do these kind of things and play these games. But it's a process for us and we're really in the early stages of rebuilding this program."
Not much will change though before the Tigers play at No. 7 Florida State next week.
This one was over almost as soon as it started. Oklahoma State scored on its first five possessions to take a 35-0 lead late in the first quarter, needing no more than 90 seconds on any of the scoring drives.
In a flash, the starters were replaced by backups and — when the points kept piling up — third, fourth and fifth-teamers were on the field.
"Of course we would have liked to play a little longer, but that's just part of the nature of the situation tonight," said Joseph Randle, who ran for 107 yards on just six carries, with TD runs from 2 and 40 yards.
Asked if he'd rather be playing in a marquee game like the ones involving Alabama and Michigan or Clemson and Auburn on Saturday night, Randle started out saying: "I would rather play in a real" before catching himself and saying "next question."
Pickens, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to overhaul the stadium and the entire football program, said he'd had close to a hundred requests to use his suite at the Alabama-Michigan game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
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