The Cowboys defensive line, wide receiver Isaiah Anderson and special teamer Zack Craig earned high grades in a 59-21 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday.
Defensive front: A
A spectacular day for the defensive line. The Cowboys got pressure repeatedly on Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege, and most of it came out of non-blitzing play calls. That's a credit to Calvin Barnett, James Castleman and Co. Those tackles got a great push up the middle, and that allowed the ends and the linebackers a chance to work. The result — three sacks, four quarterback hurries and 11 tackles for loss. One of Doege's two interceptions was also the result of pressure.
Clint Chelf: A
A guy who was relegated to third string before the season made his second career start and threw for 229 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Can the fairytale continue next week at Oklahoma?
Senior Day: A
The Cowboy faithful gave big ovations for Cooper Bassett and Brodrick Brown, but they saved the biggest one for Quinn Sharp. How often is a kicker on a good team this beloved? It's rare — and totally deserved. Never before in OSU history has a guy kicked off, kicked and punted and done all of it as well as Sharp does.
Isaiah Anderson: A
Cowboy fans might've given Anderson a bigger senior-day cheer had they known what was coming. The senior receiver had four catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Read that again. Three touchdowns in four catches. Even wilder? All of his catches came in the first half. Anderson was so good that he earns an A despite dropping a sure touchdown on OSU's first possession.
Special teams: A
A solid day in all phases, and a spectacular one on punt return. Zack Craig is the clubhouse leader for Big 12 special teams player of the week after blocking not one but two punts. The second one, he scooped up and returned for a touchdown. Add in Sharp's 51-yard field goal and six touchbacks, and this was a good day for special teams.