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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