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OSU 34, Baylor 7: Thoughts and Observations

by John Helsley Modified: April 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: October 25, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon
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–OSU did exactly what elite teams do against a team like Baylor. They dominated the scoreboard, they controlled the rhythm of the game and got out relatively healthy.

Zac Robinson may be playing the best football of his career. He is running the team like a savvy veteran, he’s throwing the ball extremely well and he’s using his legs to make plays. He definitely deserves strong consideration for all Big 12 honors and maybe even the Heisman if he plays well against Texas.

–The fact the tight ends got involved on Saturday just shows how well Robinson is playing. He’s reading the defense and finding the open receiver with no preconceived notion of where to throw the ball. He basically said as much when he talked about Cooper Bassett’s touchdown. He said he read the defense pre-snap and thought, “Cooper may get his first touchdown here if they play the defense I think they are in.”

–It’s clear the Cowboys learned from the Houston game. They came out early and took care of business.

Zac Robinson has a great opportunity with the Patriots.
Zac Robinson has a great opportunity with the Patriots.

–It was good to see Beau Johnson get some carries and Keith Toston get some rest. Both guys are going to be needed against Texas.

–After watching Kendall Hunter warm up on Saturday, I don’t think he’s close to returning to his pre-injury form. He wasn’t running smoothly nor did he have that explosiveness he’s become known for. After seeing him in warmups, I think he’s itching to come back but his body just isn’t ready for him to do so yet. Let’s face it, what makes Kendall Hunter special is his great feet and ability to change direction. And he didn’t look like he is ready to do what he normally does.

–I think the Cowboys need to deliberately try to get Justin Blackmon involved. In both road wins at Baylor and at Texas A&M, Blackmon made excellent catches with defenders on his shoulder. If I was OSU, I would call a play or two with the sole purpose of getting him the football early in games from this point forward.

–Turns out Hubert Anyiam is pretty good, huh? Looks like it was a good decision to move him to the spot behind Dez. Clearly that’s a position that is highlighted in OSU’s offense and it’s a spot where you want to put your best playmakers. And Anyiam has shown signs of being that type of guy.

Booker and Sexton get rough
Booker and Sexton get rough

–The Pokes allowed 2.3 yards per carry. That’s simply outstanding. It hasn’t been talked about much because of all the spread teams OSU has played but the Cowboys defense has been solid.

–With Zac’s record-setting performance, Toston quietly had 15 carries for 109 yards (7.9 per carry). And he again showed his versatility, finishing with 140 all purpose yards.

Pat Lavine is so solid and overlooked. Another solid game from the senior: 6 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and an interception.

Donald Booker is a beast. I could see him playing on Sundays just strictly as a special teams demon. And he has a really good knack for getting to the quarterback. Though he doesn’t have the ideal NFL size, he could be a pass rush specialist and special teams terror in the league if he plays his cards right and finds the right situation.

–Another game, another solid performance on third down for the defense. OSU allowed only 5 of 13 third down conversion attempts.

–Bottom Line: The Cowboys impressed me with their mindset and mental approach in the Baylor game. It was all business, exactly what you expect from elite teams and teams which compete for championships. Is there any reason to think OSU can’t win the Big 12 South?

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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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