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               === Smith keys No. 13 Cowboys win over Miss St ===
 
 Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jeremy Smith had two second-half touchdown runs
 to back the stifling efforts of the Oklahoma State defense, as the 13th-ranked
 Cowboys  posted  a 21-3  win over  the Mississippi State  Bulldogs in the 2013
 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at Reliant Stadium.
 
 Smith  finished with 102 yards on 15 carries for the Cowboys (1-0), while J.W.
 Walsh  completed 18-of-27  passes for  135 yards  and added  a touchdown  on a
 quarterback keeper. Walsh totaled 125 yards on the ground.
 
 Mississippi  State  quarterback  Tyler  Russell threw  for  133  yards  before
 departing late in the third quarter after absorbing a blow to the head.
 
 "I  think  Tyler overall  is going to  be okay," said  Bulldogs head coach Dan
 Mullens.  "He  was  responsive.  Obviously,  anytime you  have  that  type  of
 head/neck issues, you're going to be very, very cautious."
 
 The  Bulldogs (0-1)  opened the game by marching inside the Oklahoma State 20,
 but the Cowboys defense made the red zone stop and forced Mississippi State to
 settle for a 40-yard Devon Bell field goal.
 
 Four  consecutive runs by LaDarius Perkins to begin the Bulldogs' second drive
 advanced  the ball to the Oklahoma 37-yard line. Russell dropped back to throw
 on  the next play  and had a tipped pass picked off by Oklahoma State's Justin
 Gilbert.
 
 The Cowboys failed to capitalize on the turnover. In fact, each of their first
 five  possessions resulted in a punt before Walsh ignited a scoring drive with
 his legs.
 
 Facing  a 3rd-and-1 from  his own 40, Walsh, who took over running the offense
 after  signal-caller  Clint Chelf  was on  the field for  the team's first two
 drives,  got a key block on the edge to spring him for a 46-yard dash down the
 left  sideline. Later, Walsh faked a handoff and carried the ball into the end
 zone from three yards out with 2:16 remaining in the second quarter.
 
 "Yes, he will be our starter in the next game," Oklahoma State head coach Mike
 Gundy  said  about Walsh. "We  had plans  to play him  in the third series. We
 weren't  very  good in the first  two obviously and  then when J.W. came in he
 kind of gave us a spark and we certainly could make an adjustment at that time
 so we just continued to move forward from that point."
 
 Jameon  Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for Mississippi State, but
 the drive ended with Russell being sacked on fourth down at the OSU 44.
 
 The  Cowboys, following a 21-yard reception by Josh Stewart on third down, had
 enough  time  remaining to  attempt a  49-yard Ben Grogan  field goal that was
 blocked  and  nearly returned for  a touchdown on the  final play of the first
 half.
 
 Oklahoma State put together a touchdown drive to begin the third quarter, with
 Smith's 1-yard score capping the 11-play sequence.
 
 The  Cowboys'  third second-half possession  bled into the fourth quarter, and
 Smith made his way to the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Oklahoma State improved to 9-1 in its last 10 games against current members of
 the  SEC ... The  Bulldogs have dropped six straight to ranked teams in season
 openers ... The Cowboys were the highest-ranked team from the Big 12 in the AP
 preseason  poll  ... Oklahoma State  played its  first game at Reliant Stadium
 since  the  2002 Houston Bowl ...  Both schools posted 8-5 records last season
 ...  This  marked the  fifth meeting  between the  schools. Oklahoma State and
 Mississippi State split the previous four.
 
 
 08/31 21:07:53 ET

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