Hard to find much to complain about in Oklahoma State's 84-0 rout of Savannah State. The young guys were outstanding for the Cowboys. Same for the reserves and the crowd. Here's our report card for the game:
WES LUNT: A
The true freshman looked like a veteran in his debut. He completed every pass he threw, going 11 for 11 for 129 yards, and led the Cowboys on touchdown drives every possession he was in the game.
Against a team that was clearly inferior, the Cowboys still played a clean game. They turned the ball over twice and committed only four penalties. Missed tackles were nonexistent, and dropped passes were few. It takes a mature team to play clean when the opponent is as bad as Savannah State is.
A blast from the past. The Cowboys went with white helmets, orange jerseys and white pants, the combination they wore regularly before last season's uniform upgrades. Ironically, though, it was a combination OSU didn't wear last season.
OFFENSIVE PACE: A
When the first teamers were in the game, the Cowboys were quick to the line of scrimmage and quick off the ball. Hard to tell with the naked eye if they moved as fast as the OSU offense did a year ago, but even if they didn't, they were still moving at a good clip.
The Cowboys used a whopping 94 players Saturday night, so there were lots of second-, third- and even fourth-string players on the field. Yet, the reserves played a relatively clean game. Add in several dynamic performances, including three touchdowns from third-string running back Desmond Roland and eight catches from Austin Hays, and it was a good night to be an OSU backup.
INTRO VIDEO: B
Much improved over last season. The video was a solid montage of proud moments in Cowboy history, including Alex Elkins hitting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and Jamie Blatnick returning the fumble in last year's Bedlam game. That play got a huge cheer from the OSU faithful.
DEFENSIVE DEBUTS: A
A couple new faces on the Cowboy defense had good nights. Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett had the “did-he-just-do-that?” moment of the night when he tackled Savannah State's running back at almost the same time he took the handoff. And true freshman cornerback Ashton Lampkin had an interception.
JEREMY SMITH'S EFFICIENCY: A
The Cowboy running back had only five carries in the game but scored three touchdowns.
Not only was the attendance strong — 55,784 — but also there were actually people in the stadium when the game ended. To anyone who stayed until the final horn, hats off to you.