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 Published: November 3, 2013

The Cowboys debuted the power, under-center package on their opening drive in Ames, where Desmond Roland first got stood up for no gain before pounding the ball up the gut for a two-yard score two plays later. Then on fourth-and-goal against Texas Tech Saturday night, Chelf rolled to his right and hit Jeremy Seaton for a one-yard score.

The package utilizes both fullbacks in Kye Staley and Seaton, with the option to line them up on either side of the quarterback or to overload one side. Both are valuable as lead blockers, and Seaton has become a sneaky receiving threat.

A tough back in Desmond Roland — especially when running behind a revamped offensive line and Zac Veatch at tight end — also helps make the formation effective. Same with a mobile quarterback in Chelf.

The under-center look hasn't completely turned into OSU's go-to goal-line attack, as the Cowboys still ran plenty of plays out of the shotgun inside the 5-yard line in Ames and Lubbock. And maybe we'll see Walsh reappear in that situation again down the line.

But the Cowboys have clearly found something with this under-center thing. Two touchdowns on three plays is a pretty solid ratio. And it certainly gives opposing defenses something else to think about when they prepare for the Cowboys.

So maybe Wife does know best after all.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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