He showed his strength, mobility and downfield vision on another near-sack in the first quarter, fighting off defenders on a third-and-11 at his 31-yard line before unleashing a deep ball down the left sideline to an open Ateman, who shrugged off a would-be tackle before running away for a 69-yard touchdown.
"Mason is a workaholic". "And he backs it up". Marcell Ateman (109) and Dillon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard receiving mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard receivers in a game. The Cowboys had never had more than two receivers pull that feat in a game.
And at halftime, Pitt was looking for a way to keep it from thinning further.
Combined with his performance over the first two weeks of the season, in which Oklahoma State blew out Tulsa 59-24 and followed with a 44-7 win on the road against South Alabama, Rudolph completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception through the first 10 quarters of play of his senior season.
But back to that first half. Mayfield was brilliant against the Buckeyes, and after throwing for 715 yards and six touchdowns without an interception over the first two weeks of the season deservedly put himself among the top Heisman Trophy candidates in college football.
The Cowboy's 49 points in the first half were the most given up by Pitt since it allowed 52 in the first half of a 72-0 loss to Ohio State in 1996.
- They went 9-for-9 on third downs, with Rudolph completing five passes for conversions.
Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
- Rudolph torched Pitt without much help in the first half from Washington, his preseason all-American wide receiver. James Washington added 124 yards receiving.