“Our defense had four turnovers, and you know it was kind of wet out there, it was kind of hard to throw it, and our guys did a super job on defense when they were throwing it," Malzahn added.
The Citronauts were clicking in all three phases of the game, as the offense tallied its conference play season-high 592 total yards and scored 45 points, the most UCF has scored in a Big 12 game.
Within the first six minutes of the game, the ‘Nauts jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Harvey capped UCF’s first drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown and Kobe Hudson reeled in a seven-yard pass from quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, after the Citronaut defense forced a fumble.
Colton Boomer pushed UCF’s lead to 17-0 with a 30-yard field goal and Hudson followed with a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception. After the OSU defense jumped offsides, Plumlee lofted a pass along the UCF sidelines and Hudson made a great adjustment to reel in the football and race 75 yards for the score, extending the Citronauts' lead to 24-0 before halftime. Plumlee, who threw for a season-high 299 yards, was 7 for 12 with 207 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
"Offensively, I mean JRP is really starting to get healthy, and he’s really throwing the ball well in practice. He’s getting his legs underneath him, and our receivers are making some plays, and we played one of our better games, if not our best offensive game today, too."
It was just the second time this season that 15th-ranked Oklahoma State was shutout in the first half as the Cowboys were held to 128 total yards, while UCF racked up 320.
OSU ended UCF’s shutout bid in the third quarter with a 25-yard field goal from Alex Hale, but the ‘Nauts defense rose to the challenge of keeping the Cowboys out of the endzone.