ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clint Chelf remained confident that his senior year at Oklahoma State would not end with him standing on the sidelines, and he was right.
When the No. 13 Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) take the field at AT&T Stadium Friday night in the Cotton Bowl, Chelf will be guiding the OSU offense against No. 9 Missouri (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).
Pulled from Oklahoma State's season opener in the first quarter, Chelf spent the next several weeks as the backup, watching sophomore J.W. Walsh thrive as the squad's primary quarterback.
Chelf worked hard in his backup role and it paid off when Walsh's inconsistency prompted OSU coach Mike Gundy to re-insert Chelf into the lineup midway through the Cowboys' 24-10 win over TCU on Oct. 19.