Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy admits the Cowboys were surprised when Daniel Sams took the bulk of the snaps for Kansas State last week. Sams, who until then had primarily been used as a change-up, running quarterback for the Wildcats, went 15-of-21 passing for 181 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions and also ran the ball 27 times for 118 yards and one score.
But did that unexpected change ultimately help OSU for TCU’s Trevone Boykin, another dual-threat quarterback?
“TCU, they’re gonna run it some with (Boykin), but they’re still gonna run their offense,” Gundy said. “There’s a little difference there, in my opinion, in what Kansas State was trying to do than what TCU would try to do, from what I’ve seen on tape so far.
“There are some comparisons there with what I consider a big strong (quarterback) that can get out of the pocket and run. Their quarterback, when he’s running, he’s like a (running) back.”
OSU saw Boykin last season, when he was thrust into duty as a redshirt freshman after starter Casey Pachall left the program because of substance abuse issues. In that game, a 36-14 Cowboy win, Boykin completed 21 of 40 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and one interception and tallied nine carries for 19 yards.
This season, Boykin is back in full-time duty after Pachall broke his arm last month. Boykin has completed 61 percent of his passes for 791 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while recording 59 carries for 176 yards and two scores.