Oklahoma State 16, Tulsa 7, F
Highly-touted Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth came off the bench late in the third quarter to save the game and maybe the season for the Cowboys.
He completed his first three passes for 68 yards, leading the Cowboys to their first touchdown of the game. He led a later field goal drive, as the Cowboys rallied for a 16-7 victory over Tulsa in the season opener for both teams Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
OSU lost starting quarterback Spencer Sanders to a lower body injury in the first quarter, and he didn't return. Sanders was 2-for-2 for 23 yards before he was hurt. His backup, Ethan Bullock, was largely ineffective, going 8-for-13 for 41 yards and one interception.
Illingworth replaced Bullock and his first drive ended in a 3-yard run by Chuba Hubbard that gave OSU a 10-7 lead with 14:56 left to play.
Tulsa had a chance to answer, driving 72 yards down to the OSU 3. But after a touchdown was called back on a false start penalty, the Hurricane missed a tying 26-yard field goal.
Injuries also changed the direction of Saturday's game for Tulsa. Running back Shamari Brooks missed the game and is out for the year after suffering a knee injury earlier this week.
Tulsa took a 7-3 lead into the halftime locker room when quarterback Zach Smith hit Josh Johnson with a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Smith finished 18-of-28 for 167 yards.
Hubbard was held mostly in check, rushing for 93 yards on 27 carries.
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