Game One Notables: Oklahoma State

HOUSTON -- Team and player notables from Oklahoma State's first 2013 game, where the Cowboys defeated Mississippi State 21-3 in the inaugural Texas Kickoff Classic...

• This is the fifth time Mississippi State and Oklahoma State have met and the first time they have played at a neutral site. The first meeting was in 1970 and the most recent was in 1999, when the Bulldogs won 29-11. The series is now 3-2, Oklahoma State.

• This is the inaugural Advocare Texas Kickoff featuring opponents from the SEC and Big 12.

• Oklahoma State entered the game ranked #13 by the AP and #14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Prior to this game, the Bulldogs had won 13 non-conference games in a row.

• The game marked the first time since the 1995 Bedlam game that the Cowboy's defense has held a BCS conference opponent to three or fewer points (OSU defeated OU 12-0 on November 11, 1995).

• OSU's 286 yards rushing are the most since the Cowboys gained 330 versus Louisiana last season, a span of 11 games. The 432 yards of total offense are the most since compiling 436 at Arizona last season, a span of 12 contests.

• The Cowboys are now 25-3 in last 28 games against unranked opponent. They are now 9-1 in last ten games against current SEC teams, including Missouri and Texas A&M.

• A handful of players made their first career starts on Saturday. On defense: ends Jimmy Bean and Tyler Johnson, linebacker Ryan Simmons. On offense: right guard Travis Cross and receiver Jhajuan Seales.

• Players who made their Cowboy debuts on Saturday: transfers Brandon Garrett, Ofa Hautau, Tyler Patmon, Kip Smith, Sam Wren, and true freshmen Marcell Ateman, Ben Grogan, Deric Robertson, and redshirt freshmen Emmanuel Ogbah, Jhajuan Seales, and Zac Veatch.

• Cornerback Justin Gilbert's interception in the end of the first quarter was the sixth of his career and his first since the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford on January 2, 2012.

J.W. Walsh surpassed his career single-game high in rushing yards in the first half with 75. He finished the game with 125 yards rushing, beating a previous high of 73 versus Louisiana on September 15, 2012.

• Walsh became the first quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Zac Robinson compiled 144 versus Baylor in 2007.

• Senior running back Jeremy Smith's 1-yard touchdown run in the beginning of the second half was the 26th of his career. He recorded his first multiple touchdown game since the season opener last season.

• Smith finished with fifteen carries, matching his career high he set versus Grambling State on September 26, 2009.

• Zack Craig's interception at the end of the game was his second of his career.

• Walsh (125 rushing yards) and Smith (102 rushing yards) combined to give OSU two 100-yard rushers for the first time since last year's season opener versus Savannah State.

• Junior punter Kip Smith finished with six punts for 271 yards, an average of 45.2 yards per punt.

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