OSU-Central Michigan: Mason Rudolph Postgame

Mason Rudolph shares his thoughts on what happened Saturday in Oklahoma State's 30-27 loss to Central Michigan.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys rolled up 137 yards of total offense – and two touchdowns to go up 14-0 – in the first quarter against Central Michigan on Saturday. But the Cowboys struggled to get much of anything going offensively for much of the second and third quarters before rebounding after falling behind.

Quarterback Mason Rudolph was 27 of 44 passing for 286 yards but was intercepted once – in the end zone on a poorly thrown fade route – and he was sacked three times by the Chippewas. The Cowboys struggled to run the ball, only gaining 58 yards on 25 carries (2.3 yards per attempt).

But the one play that all OSU fans are talking about is the game's next to last play – or if the Mid-American Conference officials had followed the rule book it would have been the final play of the game – in which Rudolph's incomplete pass allowed the final four seconds to tick off the game clock. But as the Cowboys began shaking hands with the Chippewas to celebrate the victory, the officials threw a penalty flag on Rudolph for intentional grounding.

That penalty allowed the Chippewas one final play – the game-winning Hail Mary that resulted in a 30-27 Central Michigan victory.


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