SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Speaking with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph after the Cowboys offensive players and coordinator Mike Yurcich met with the Alamo Bowl media today, he confirmed his message on his Twitter account was referring to this season and not that he was excited to go out and play with his teammates one final time.
Another sources said Rudolph was disappointed in a newspaper story that had come out and hinted he was going to make himself eligible early for the NFL Draft. Either way, and in a way, similar to what happened in Stillwater six years ago after a win in the 2010 Alamo Bowl when quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon announced they were coming back, Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington confirmed on video on Cowboy Football on Twitter that they are staying and will play for Oklahoma State next season.
"I wrestled with it for several days but I made the decision several days ago, and James and I talked about it and just decided now was the time to announce it," Rudolph said. "We did it under the stands after practice with Gavin (Lang) filming it on his smartphone."
Rudolph comes into the game on Thursday with Colorado just 73 yards short of Mike Gundy's passing record and will pass it in the Alamo Bowl. This season he has completed 262 of 416 passes with a very impressive 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions for 3,777 yards. His career numbers are 575-of-926 for 52 touchdowns, 8,400 yards and just 17 interceptions.
Next season, Rudolph will literally rewrite all the career passing and total offense records in school history and that would be even with an average season.