By Scott Wright
Oklahoma State was better in all three phases of the game in Saturday’s 39-13 win over Washington State. Here’s my breakdown of each:
Offense: Good, but not great. Zac Robinson completed 74 percent of his passes and Kendall Hunter was stellar in the ground game. The only real struggle came inside the 20. That’s a problem that could come back to haunt the Cowboys against better competition, but they survived just fine Saturday.
Defense: It’s official. They’re better. How much better? Hard to say. I’m not convinced Washington State was more than mediocre on offense. We’ll see how the Cowboys do when the competition gets tougher — sometime in October. It was a strong showing from the Cowboys Saturday, though. The Cougars’ two TD drives went for 75 and 69 yards. In the rest of the game, OSU only allowed gave up 52 yards.
Special teams: Kick returns, punt returns, kick and punt coverage, kickoffs and field goals. The Cowboys did it all. Punt return yardage: OSU, 124. WSU, 0. Dan Bailey was solid, hitting all three FG tries and putting several of his kickoffs into the end zone. But all three of his FGs came from 27 yards and in. For his career, he’s 5-of-7, but has yet to make one beyond 30 yards. He looks consistent, but a game-time test is coming.