Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' receiver Charlie Moore reappears just in time

by John Helsley Published: October 13, 2012
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Charlie Moore's whereabouts had become more than a curiosity.

The spring thing, Moore exited April in the spotlight, then slipped out of sight when the real games started in September.

The wideout's stats through four games – three catches for 76 yards against teams not known as Savannah State – had Cowboys fans calling for an APB on Moore.

Needed Saturday, with the offense sputtering and the receiving corps two men down in a struggle at Kansas, Moore reappeared.

If not on time, just in time, proving critical in OSU's 20-14 win.

Moore caught a quick pass from J.W. Walsh, fought through a tackle in the flat, then took off down the sideline for a 72-yard scoring play that pushed OSU's lead to 17-0.

“Thank god,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who initially thought Moore had taken a wrong path. “I thought he turned inside; I was saying, ‘No!'

“All of a sudden he snakes through there and he makes a big play for us.”

It was Moore's first touchdown this season and only the second of his career.

It was also OSU's longest play from scrimmage since a Brandon Weeden-to-Justin Blackmon 80-yard connection in 2010, this one aided by a springing block by fellow receiver Josh Stewart, sending Moore into a footrace KU safety Lubbock Smith couldn't win.

“Charlie's really fast when he gets going,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “Somewhat deceiving, but can probably be under 4.5 (40-yard dash) when he gets rolling. And he's awful strong and he can carry his pads.

“Once he got out there, I was pretty sure they'd have a hard time catching him.”

At the time, Moore's catch and dash provided the Pokes some breathing room. In the end, it represented the decisive points.

“A great call at the right time,” Moore said. “And a great block by Josh Stewart, coming back and peeling on that guy.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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