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The Associated Press (AP)- Lamar (1-1) vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State (2-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Southwest)
Line: Oklahoma State by 46.
Series record: first meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
After convincing road victories against Mississippi State and Texas-San Antonio, Oklahoma State finally plays at home, looking to avoid a letdown against an FCS opponent. Lamar, from the Southland Conference, is coming off a competitive 27-14 loss at Louisiana Tech last week and is looking to pull off what would be a monumental upset.
Oklahoma State’s dynamic offense, led by sophomore QB J.W. Walsh, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the week after completing 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns last week, up against Lamar’s defense, which recorded two sacks and forced seven Louisiana Tech punts.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Lamar: QB Caleb Berry threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times last week at La Tech. His offensive line will have a tough time doing better than that against the potent OSU pass-rushers, who recorded five in their two contests.
Oklahoma State: RB Jeremy Smith, who has scored a rushing touchdown in 11 straight games, will be looking to bounce back from last week, when he gained 34 yards on 12 carries. Along with Walsh, who ran for 125 yards and a TD against Mississippi State Aug. 31, the Cowboys have a strong ground attack.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oklahoma State has won 17 consecutive home openers and has not lost to an FCS school since 1948. . The Cowboys are also 13-1 in their last 14 non-conference games, since the start of the 2010 season. . Lamar’s football program is in just its fourth season after ceasing operations in 1989. . OSU’s defense has four interceptions in its two games.
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