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Lamar (1-1) at (12) Oklahoma State (2-0)



Saturday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: The 12th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys will try and put the threat of a potential NCAA investigation on the back burner on Saturday night when they host the Lamar Cardinals at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Lamar opened its season with a bang by destroying Oklahoma Panhandle State at home, 75-0. The Cardinals challenged themselves with a difficult non- conference road matchup at Louisiana Tech last Saturday, fighting hard for four quarters before falling, 27-14.

Oklahoma State began the season ranked No. 13 in the country and managed to creep up one spot in recent weeks after two strong wins. In a neutral-field contest to open the season against a formidable Mississippi State squad, the Cowboys earned a 21-3 victory. They were on their way to a blowout win last week against Texas-San Antonio before the Roadrunners responded with a flurry of points late. Still, OSU escaped with a 56-35 triumph.

Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reported that several Oklahoma State football players apparently received improper benefits dating back to 2001. Although an NCAA investigation appears imminent, head coach Mike Gundy is concentrating on what's happening on the field for the time being.

"There won't be any further comment from me concerning this issue," Gundy told the media on Monday. "I will say that we -- our staff and myself -- are focused on our team doing the right things. I'm very proud about what we've accomplished here, on and off the field."

This contest marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the football field.

Although Lamar's offensive output against Louisiana Tech last week was lackluster at best, the explosion of points in the opener still allows it to own an outstanding scoring offense (44.5 ppg), as well as total offense (488.5 ypg).

Quarterback Caleb Berry is off to a fast start, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 528 yards, tossing seven touchdown passes against only one interception.

The Cardinals strike a good balance between the pass (69 plays) and run (88 plays). Payton Ploch is the top rusher with 105 yards and a touchdown, while Kade Harrington has 88 yards and a pair of scores. Berry has the ability to take off and run as well (77 yards).

Jordan Edwards is the top playmaker in the receiving corps, logging seven receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Mark Roberts has just three receptions, but they've all resulted in big plays as he has amassed 112 yards.

The Lamar defense (13.5 ppg, 309.5 ypg) put forth a solid effort against a strong Louisiana Tech offense, holding the Bulldogs (FBS's top scoring offense in 2012 with 51.5 ppg) to just 27 points.

The front seven has done its job creating pressure, with Jesse Dickson (13 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks) and Mark Murrill (3.5 TFL) the standouts. Tyrus McGlothen leads the unit with 17 total stops.

Oklahoma State's offense moved the ball at will against UTSA last week, racking up more than 600 yards to up its season averages to 38.5 points and 518.5 yards per game.

J.W. Walsh was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after his record-setting performance versus UTSA. Not only did he throw for 326 yards and four touchdowns, but he completed 24-of-27 passes, and his single-game completion percentage (.889) set a new school record.

"J.W. has an uncanny ability to put aside pain and fatigue," Gundy said. "The greatest asset he has going is his ability to lead. He's improved in the throwing game and certainly has the ability to run. As a coaching staff we couldn't be more proud of him."

In addition to throwing for 461 yards, Walsh is the team's leading rusher with 137 yards, adding two more touchdowns on the ground. Jeremy Smith is the featured back and has turned 27 carries in 136 yards and a pair of scores.

The Cowboys have no shortage of receiving threats, as Josh Stewart (nine rec., 136 yards, TD), Jhajuan Seales (eight rec., 101 yards, TD), Charlie Moore (seven rec., 61 yards, TD), Brandon Sheperd (four rec., 73 yards, TD) and Blake Jackson (four rec., 82 yards, TD) are all off to impressive starts.

In the high-flying Big 12, it's important to possess a defense that can stop the opponent from time to time. The Cowboys appear to have a solid unit (19.0 ypg), but they took their foot off the gas late in their last game, allowing UTSA to score 28 fourth-quarter points.

Caleb Lewis leads the team in total tackles (15), tackles for loss (4.0) and sacks (1.5). Tyler Johnson and Calvin Barnett also have 4.0 TFL, and the squad leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with four interceptions.

The news of Oklahoma State's alleged NCAA infractions sent shock waves through the college football community, and could have huge ramifications on the squad going forward, but for this week at least, the distractions won't be big enough to derail the Pokes as they take on an obviously inferior opponent at home.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 56, Lamar 17

09/11 10:38:12 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
9th
SFG 2
MIL 1
 
3rd
DET 0
OAK 0
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR