Rob Ferguson

Pitt falls to Oklahoma State 45-38

Pitt's offense moved the ball impressively for three quarters, but it could not proceed downfield with the game up for grabs.

Eighty-three combined points.

Eight Pitt players with double-digits in offensive yardage.

Five-hundred forty yards in passing for Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph.

And a dismantled Pitt defensive backfield that failed to re-group after a two-hour lightning delay shortly after the fourth quarter began.

The Panthers (2-1, 0-0 ACC) traded possessions with Oklahoma State in the Saturday contest’s waning minutes, but they were unable to march downfield when it mattered the most and were downed 45-38 in Stillwater, Okla., by the hosting Cowboys (2-1, 0-0 Big 12).

Player of the game:  Mason Rudolph, OSU QB

Rudolph went 26 of 46 and seemingly connected on a line every passing play during the first half. He cooled off as the second half drained, overthrowing receivers on out patterns and downfield alike, but he launched a moon ball to receiver Jhajuan Seales, who took advantage of Pitt cornerback Avonte Maddox’s misstep and ran 86 yards, setting up a 1-yard, go-ahead OSU touchdown run with 1:28 left in the game.

OTHER player of the game (just because there were two players who performed that well:  James Washington

Washington reeled in nine of Rudolph’s passes for 296 yards through the air. The majority of those catches resulted in Maddox playing catch-up.

Dark horse of the game:  Jester Weah

The redshirt junior caught just four passes this year, which equaled his career total, but the former state sprint champion in the state of Wisconsin caught two passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. While senior receiver Dontez Ford is sidelined with what could be a season-ending injury, Weah got valuable reps in Stillwater. The experience will undoubtedly assist in team preparation for Pitt’s upcoming game at North Carolina next Saturday.

Banged-up Panthers:  James Conner, Shakir SotoQuadree Henderson

Conner limped off the field after some rough in-play contact to his lower left leg. He played down the stretch and finished with 111 yards on 24 carries.

Soto fell into the offensive backfield awkwardly in the fourth quarter and lie on the ground for about a minute, but he returned to the game. He may have re-tweaked the body part the following series, as he hobbled off the field a second time.

Henderson was seen on the sideline in the third quarter stretching his right leg, which may have cramped up. He finished the game on the field.

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