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Okahoma State Football: How the Cowboys turned over their upset chances

COMMENTARY — Beating Kansas State was going to be tough enough before the Cowboys started beating themselves.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 4, 2012

“We try to make positives out of them,” Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “If the other team does something, then we need to match it, and we challenge our players in that respect.”

But after a Lunt interception led to a Wildcat pick-six late in the first half, there was no Cowboy counterpunch. Instead, there was another Lunt interception.

The start of the second half brought another Lunt interception, though he might not have been thinking straight. He took a shot two plays before the interception that caused an apparent concussion. After the interception, Lunt didn't return.

With back-up J.W. Walsh still sidelined with a knee injury, Clint Chelf, the Cowboys' third-string quarterback, took over.

Truth be told, he did a heck of a job, throwing for 233 yards and one touchdown.

And with Klein sidelined with his own injury — apparently, his wrist — the Cowboy defense held the Wildcats to only a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter.

Add all that together, and when Chelf and the Cowboys got the ball back with a little over four minutes left in the game, they were down only 14 points and actually had a chance to get OSU within a touchdown. Considering all the turnovers and all the upheaval, it was a credit to the Cowboys.

Cowboy coach Mike Gundy called that a bright spot.

The Cowboys drove deep into Wildcat territory, all the way to the 8-yard line, but that's where Chelf was intercepted.

Turnover No. 5 for OSU.

“They're a great team, and they made a lot of plays,” Chelf said, “but it came down to a couple of possessions that we turned the ball over. You're not going to win like that.

“We definitely had to play better than we did.”

Sharp said, “They're a very methodical team. That's what they're known for.”

The Wildcats don't beat themselves.

On this night, the Cowboys did.

“We just kind of fumbled on ourselves,” Sharp said.

They did it too many times to beat many teams, but they definitely did it too many times to go on the road and beat a great team like K-State.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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