The Cowboys had big problems on offense and on defense. No wonder they went to Waco and lost, 41-34.
CLINT CHELF: C
His most up-and-down day since he took over the starting quarterback position. He was 30 of 51 with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a pick-six in the first half. There were times when Chelf and the offense clicked along, but just as quickly as they'd gotten going, Chelf would make a couple erratic throws and drives would stall. It was the difference in a game where OSU needed to score a bunch to keep pace with Baylor.
DEFENSIVE FRONT: C
The Cowboys were playing without James Castleman, which put them in a hole from the start. Still, Baylor had too many big plays that either went through holes up the middle or came because quarterback Nick Florence wasn't pressured. The Bears rolled up 615 yards of offense, including 319 yards rushing.
DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: C
Another unit playing shorthanded. Even though Brodrick Brown played, injury was clearly hobbling the Cowboy defensive back. Justin Gilbert, Shamiel Gary and Co. failed to pick up the slack as Baylor threw for 296 yards on 23-of-39 passing. A couple of would-be interceptions were dropped, only adding to the secondary's bad day.
Couldn't beat the weather. Even though there was a stiff wind, it's hard to argue with sunny and 73 degrees on the first day of December. And the crowd, while several thousand short of a sellout, was good and loud. All of it made for a great day of football.
BLAKE JACKSON: F
Rough day for the Cowboy receiver. He had three catches but dropped two passes, and both would've been touchdowns. The Cowboys settled for field goals on both of the drives, so the drops cost them eight points in a game they lost by seven.
The Cowboys' combo of gray helmets, white jerseys and orange pants was one of the first not-so-great looks since first introducing their mix-and-match uniforms last season. The problem? No gray in the jersey or the pants. Made the helmet feel disjointed. Had the Cowboys' worn last year's gray helmets that had the more orange OSU logo, it might've worked better.
PASS RUSH: D
The Cowboys managed no sacks and only three quarterback hurries. Credit Florence, an extremely mobile quarterback, with eluding some of the pressure. Still, it's difficult to believe how quickly this aspect of the Cowboy defense has changed. Two weeks ago against Texas Tech, the defensive front had its best game of the season with lots of pressure on Seth Doege. And most of the pressure came in non-blitzing situations. The Cowboys never came close to getting nearly as much pressure in their last two games.
RUNNING PRESIDENT: A
Baylor students have a pre-game tradition of running onto the field and creating a human tunnel for the team. Leading the crowd Saturday: Baylor president Kenneth Starr. You know the 66-year-old for leading the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky investigation, but he displayed some excellent foot speed. Well done, Mr. President.
OSU FANS: A
Gotta give it up to Cowboy fans. They turned out well in Waco. There were an estimated 3,000 OSU fans.