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OSU football notebook: Quarterback J.W. Walsh says offense is a true dual threat

Walsh: “I think it's a little of both. We've been 15-of-15 in the red zone, and that's pretty efficient. But at the same time, we've had a lot of explosive play and plays that have ignited the offense.”
by John Helsley Published: September 23, 2013


photo - Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, center, watches the advance of Lamar linebacker Jestin White, right, prior to completing a handoff to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) ORG XMIT: OKBS105
Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, center, watches the advance of Lamar linebacker Jestin White, right, prior to completing a handoff to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) ORG XMIT: OKBS105

J.W. WALSH: COWBOYS OFFENSE A TRUE DUAL THREAT

Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh may have offered the optimum answer when pressed Monday on which best described the OSU offense: efficient, or explosive.

“I think it's a little of both,” Walsh said. “We've been 15-of-15 in the red zone, and that's pretty efficient. But at the same time, we've had a lot of explosive plays and plays that have ignited the offense.”

Not only have the Cowboys scored on all 15 trips into the red zone, they've scored 15 touchdowns with those opportunities.

In the explosive play department — gains of 20 yards or longer — the OSU offense has produced 20 such plays. The Cowboys have nine scoring plays of 10 yards or longer.

“There's times when the offense is sputtering a little bit and not being able to roll,” Walsh said, “we've had a lot of explosive plays to get us on track and get us rolling. So I think we've had a little bit of both, which it's a blessing to be able to say that.”

K-STATE TIME SET

OSU heads back on the road this week, visiting West Virginia for the first time since 1928.

That means the Cowboys will have played three of four games this season away from home, and six of their last seven overall outside of Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys will return, however, and the Oct. 5 home game against Kansas State offers concrete details, with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff one of three stations — ABC, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

WHAT I DID ON MY WEEKEND OFF …

The Cowboys are coming off the first of three off weekends in this season.

For coach Mike Gundy, this one was too soon.

“I'm not a big fan of a bye week this early in the season,” Gundy said. “I would prefer to have one after the fifth or sixth game and then play the rest of the stretch.”

Gundy used the open date to watch his sons play baseball in Enid, while most of his coaching staff was on the road recruiting.

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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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