FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma State quarterbacks Mason Rudolph (2) and J.W. Walsh throw during NCAA college football practice in Stillwater, Okla. Rudolph has passed for 3,591 yards, with 21 touchdown passes and just eight interception
Sue Ogrocki, File
November 26, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy often has said he's not in favor of two-quarterback systems.

J.W. Walsh changed his mind.

Walsh, best known for his running ability, was the starter last season before he suffered a season-ending right foot injury. True freshman Mason Rudolph stepped in and helped the Cowboys beat Oklahoma and win the Cactus Bowl.

In the offseason, Gundy announced that Rudolph, a 6-foot-4 pro-style passer, would be his starter. Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich created a plan that would make Walsh the red zone and short-yardage quarterback. Rudolph has 21 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions for the ninth-ranked Cowboys, while Walsh has 11 rushing and 11 passing touchdowns. Oklahoma State ranks fourth nationally in red-zone efficiency heading into Saturday's showdown with No. 5 Oklahoma.


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