The offense still doesn’t look pretty. The defense was still productive.
Let’s revisit Oklahoma State’s 33-29 victory over Kansas State.
Answering the three questions
Josh Stewart (two catches, 20 yards) and Jhajuan Seales (four catches, 87 yards) did indeed start after both left the West Virginia game with apparent head injuries. Justin Gilbert was suspended for the first half for his ejection in Morgantown. Desmond Roland got fewer carries than he did last week, with just two for one yard. Rennie Childs did not play. Clint Chelf came in for two plays near the goal line when Walsh had to exit the game because his helmet came off. Two key guys who did not play? Blake Jackson and Austin Hays.
Are those mistakes really “correctable?”
Some yes, some no. At least not Saturday. OSU was penalized just once for seven yards (a pass interference on Kevin Peterson in the end zone), a big improvement from last week. The Cowboys turned the ball over just once. Jeremy Smith appeared to have more power and burst in his runs. But Stewart had a big drop — something that’s becoming a bit of a trend for these receivers — on arguably the best ball Walsh has thrown in his OSU career. The offense couldn’t move the ball in the second half until its game-winning drive. This team still has a ton of issues as it moves into its second bye week.
How do the Cowboys defend Tyler Lockett?
We didn’t really get a chance to find out, as Lockett came up lame on a deep ball in the first half and never returned.
After K-State scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:09 to play, OSU marched 75 yards down the field in six plays and 1:56 to retake the lead for good. The Cowboys hadn’t recorded a first down in the second half until that drive.
Player of the game
Shaun Lewis, who led the Cowboys with eight tackles and recorded a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception. One of those tackles was perhaps the biggest play of the game, where he tripped up Daniel Sams on a scramble, keeping him in bounds and the clock running.
OSU is off this week before hosting TCU for Homecoming on Oct. 19.