MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Mason Rudolph threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Oklahoma State came from behind to beat Central Michigan 24-13 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Cowboys were just the fifth Power Five conference school in the last 20 years to visit Kelly/Shorts Stadium, and had to work hard to avoid becoming the first one to lose.
They trailed 13-10 in the third quarter and never showed the physical dominance that a Big 12 team would expect against a Mid-American Conference opponent.
Central Michigan coach John Bonamego was making his debut just 13 days after his final radiation treatment for tonsil cancer. The Chippewas had more total yards in the first three quarters, but Oklahoma State was finally able to adjust to their screen-heavy offense.
The Cowboys drove 83 yards in 12 plays, Rudolph hitting Marcell Ateman for an 18-yard score and the 24-13 lead.
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