By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma State leads Kansas 10-0 at half. Here are some thoughts, notes and stats:
-It was a long and ugly half – delayed more than an hour by lightning – and capped off by a shanked Quinn Sharp field goal. Not pretty to watch.
-Vegas set the over/under on this game at 71.5 points. There was a combined 10 in the first half.
-I’ve never seen so many attempted, and missed, fourth downs in the same half. The teams combined to go 0-5 on the risky tries, all of which came with terrible execution and little chance for a first down. The game started with four turnover on downs, two by each team, basically nullifying the first 10 minutes.
-The OSU defense, consistently scrutinized and challenged through a rough stretch to start the season, pitched a first-half shutout. No matter the circumstance, zero points on the scoreboard can be considered a positive. But don’t start calling the Pokes’ defensive unit Alabama 2.0. This had a lot more to do with Kansas doing a nice Savannah State impression.
-J.W. Walsh was inconsistent and sloppy with the ball in tough conditions, throwing some wobbly ducks and a bad interception. But his 4-yard run went for the game’s only touchdown. He’s playing well enough to win this game, but not near well enough to create a quarterback controversy. Wes Lunt will return to the starting lineup as soon as he’s healthy enough, likely next week.
-“Our defense played very well, rallied and had a couple good stops…But our offense played sluggish,” – Mike Gundy at half.
J.W. Walsh – 11/19 for 107 yards / 47 rushing yards and a touchdown
Joseph Randle – 17 carries for 55 yards
Tracy Moore – 3 catches for 38 yards
Josh Stewart – 3 catches for 30 yards