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Oklahoma State football: A closer look at the OSU offense's newest wrinkle

We've now seen three goal-line plays run from under center inside the 5-yard line in OSU's last two games — producing a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. That used to be J.W. Walsh's time when he was not the starter.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 3, 2013

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy half-joked that his wife, Kristen, might know best.

She's the one who ultimately convinced the Oklahoma State coach to run a play where the quarterback takes the snap from under center.

“I got the most pressure from my wife about being in the shotgun on short-yardage and goal-line and not going under the center,” Gundy said following the Cowboys' win at Iowa State. “She's been on me for three weeks, so I said, ‘We'll take a snap under center if it makes you feel better.'”

We've now seen three goal-line plays run from under center inside the 5-yard line in OSU's last two games — producing a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown — in arguably the most prominent recent wrinkle to the Cowboy offense.

That used to be J.W. Walsh's time when he was not the starter. So does that mean we've seen the end of his specialty package as the Cowboys' change-up quarterback?

Not necessarily, Gundy said.

“(It's) more of another option, just based on what our matchup (is) against the team that we're playing each week,” Gundy said of the reasoning behind the goal-line approach the last two weeks.

Gundy has often said the one major drawback to the Air Raid spread offense is that it can be ineffective in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The Cowboys appeared to have found a solution with the Walsh package late last season, as he produced six total touchdowns in OSU's final four games.

But since Clint Chelf retook the starting quarterback job, he's taken every meaningful snap inside the score zone.

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