Rudolph Off To Great Start To Senior Season

Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C., continues to have a strong start to his senior season. The unbeaten Trojans scored an impressive win Friday night in overtime over perennial South Carolina Class 4A powerhouse Byrnes, who have won the 4A championship eight of the last 11 years. This was the first win for Northwestern over Byrnes in 13 seasons.

In the 42-35 overtime victory, Rudolph was 25-of-38 passing for 198 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed 16 times for 70 yards and a six-yard touchdown.

"It was awesome," said Rudolph. "Our coach does a great job of scheduling these non-region games to have us ready for region and the state playoffs.

"The offense came out fast in the first half and we led 28-14, but then the offense had a slump in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter we drove and scored to make it 35-28 and then they tied it up.

"We got the ball first in overtime," Rudolph continued. "They put it on the 10-yard line in high school and we scored. Then on their first down we got a pick and we win it."

Rudolph is off to a very strong start with 17 passing touchdowns in four games. He is being very efficient so far and hasn't just racked up a ton of yardage, but some of that has to do with playing time.

"I think we have been efficient with throwing the ball but some of it is that in the first three games, I didn't play as much," explained the 6-4 plus and 210-pound Rudolph. "Last week I sat out the whole second half as we had a big lead. I'm not concerned about racking up yardage."

After a bye week this week, Northwestern will start region play.

As for Rudolph, he said he is still firmly committed to Oklahoma State and has been in contact with the OSU staff and especially offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich.

He said he was surprised by the Sports Illustrated series that pointed accusations at the Cowboys program during the Les Miles era and then into the start of Mike Gundy's tenure as head coach.

"Yeah, it kind of came out of nowhere," said Rudolph. "As for details, I probably know about as much as the average person. It seems to me that it came from someone that was very biased and you can't be sure if a lot of it is factual. I don't think any of it applies to the NCAA and I'm really not worried about it. I will keep watching what happens with it. I saw the interview with Brandon Weeden and the guy that wrote it."

Rudolph is scheduled to graduate from high school in December and be ready to enroll at Oklahoma State for the spring semester.

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