It was ugly but Oklahoma State managed to get a 27-13 win against Central Arkansas on Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium. Things looked dicey in the third quarter, but OSU was able to build a 20-point lead late and start the season 1-0.
Oklahoma State used three quarterbacks in the game in Gunnar Gundy, Garret Rangel and Alan Bowman. Rangel and Bowman delivered the Cowboys 13 points. Gunnar put up 14 points in his first three drives.
Gunnar ended up playing the final four drives of the game. After a three-and-out to start, he led back-to-back touchdown drives then kneeled the game out. He finished 7-for-9 for 106 yards. He also ran for 20 yards.
Rangel: 10-for-15, 118 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 18 rushing yards, 7 points.
Bowman: 13-for-24, 80 yards, -2 rushing yards, 6 points.
The Cowboys carried the ball 14 times for just 45 yards (3.2 YPC) in the first half. Rangel was the team’s leading rusher with 18 yards. No OSU tailback had cracked double digits.
But the tide started to change in the fourth quarter, where the Cowboys carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards (6.7 YPC).