By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma State leads Iowa State 17-10 at the half in Stillwater
- Overall a solid performance against a ranked team at home. Not great, but certainly not a disaster.
- Iowa State threw for 73 yards total against Texas Tech. Jared Barnett’s season-high coming in was 183 passing yards. In the first half against Oklahoma State, he’s got 169 yards. The Cowboy secondary continues to struggle, although they played much better in the second quarter, with 109 of Barnett’s yards came in the first 15 minutes.
- Iowa State in the first quarter: Five first downs, 137 yards, one punt and 10 points. Iowa State in the second quarter: Three first downs, 74 yards, four punts and zero points. Oklahoma State’s defense has really settled in.
- Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson are out, Blake Jackson has disappeared and Charlie Moore is OSU’s leading receiver. This isn’t the Dez Bryant/Justin Blackmon Wideout U heyday anymore. There are plenty of talented recruits on the way, but this year’s crop of receivers is the worst OSU has had in a number of seasons.
- That being said, Charlie Moore deserves plenty of credit for his career performance in the first half. With all the injuries, OSU needed somebody to step up. Moore delivered with career-highs in catches (7) and yards (120) to go along with an impressive 74-yard touchdown. He’s really turned into a nice player.
- J.W. Walsh has played well, looking much better than he did last week in Lawrence against an inferior defense. Overall, he went 16/25 for 246 yards and one touchdown in the first half, fighting through an injury that left him with a noticeable limp. He had a couple balls tipped, but overall he’s effectively got the ball downfield. His deep touchdown to Charlie Moore was thrown beautifully.
- Joseph Randle had three rushes in the second quarter. Walsh threw 16 passes. Todd Monken opening it up.