OSU football: Winning a close one is good for Cowboys

While hardly clean or offensively efficient, and nowhere near the comfortable result suggested by a two-touchdown point spread, the Cowboys suggested one significant takeaway from Saturday night: close-game mettle.
by John Helsley Published: October 6, 2013

Mike Gundy considered the thrill factor in his team's 33-29 comeback win over Kansas State.

“It's a great game for fans … the television audience,” Gundy said. “A tough game for the coaches.”

And a valuable game for the players?

While hardly clean or offensively efficient, and nowhere near the comfortable result suggested by a two-touchdown point spread, the Cowboys suggested one significant takeaway from Saturday night: close-game mettle.

“You learn a lot about your team,” said OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh. “There were good things; when we were rolling, we were good. Then when you have the bad things, to be able to overcome that, it's always something special.”

Walsh experienced the good and the bad against K-State. His overall performance was uneven, going five straight series without directing a first down to start the second half, before taking the Cowboys on a crisp drive to the go-ahead touchdown.

The scoring drive featured Walsh at his best, zipping passes to Josh Stewart for 12 yards, Tracy Moore for 26, Brandon Sheperd for 15 and finally Charlie Moore on the scoring pass from the 6.

And it was a drive that validated Gundy's faith in Walsh, both on a challenging afternoon and as the quarterback of choice in this season.

“In crunch time, he made some good throws,” Gundy said. “I'm really happy about that.

“Playing together and clicking is a process, and we're going to work at it and be the best offense we can be.”

Sticking with the theme, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said that one drive, with season-long implications on the line, can be a building block for Walsh.

“It can turn you around and give you momentum,” Yurcich said. “He's not one to sulk at the same time, so I'm sure his practice habits and his demeanor are going to be the same.”


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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