By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Texas is up 21-17 on Oklahoma State at halftime in Stillwater. Here’s some quick thoughts on the first 30 minutes:
-Joseph Randle was the best player on the field in the first half, slicing the Texas defense up from start to finish. He already has a season-high 147 yards on 15 carries, starting the game with an explosive 69-yard touchdown run. Expect plenty of touches in the final 30 minutes for Randle and plenty of extra attention from Texas. He’s the only one beating them.
-The rumors were true. David Ash really does look like a different quarterback. Against Oklahoma State last year, Ash threw for 137 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. In the first half, he had 123 yards, two touchdowns and zero picks, consistently dropping the deep ball on point. He’s got a bright future that should scare Big 12 defenses.
-No Wes Lunt, as expected. The freshman, recovering from a knee injury, was on the sidelines without pads, but seemed to be walking around pretty well. No crutches.
-J.W. Walsh got the start in his place, and has played mediocre. He hasn’t done anything that will lose Oklahoma State the game (except for that brutal interception on the second possession), but you can tell the Cowboys dumbed down the offense a bit. It’s a lot of zone-read runs and quick passes. They are reluctant to go downfield.
-At times, Tracy Moore looks disinterested when split out wide. He’s running routes, going through the motions, but it seems like there’s an internal feeling that the ball isn’t coming his way. In one game with Wes Lunt, Moore had eight catches for 106 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. In one and a half games with J.W. Walsh, Moore has three catches for 22 yards and no touchdowns. During the first half, he was only targeted once, on a broken play.
-Isaiah Anderson and Blake Jackson also are without a catch. Josh Stewart has four catches.
-Gundy at halftime on the radio: “We’re making too many small mistakes. … We’ve just got to regroup here a little bit. We’re in good shape.”