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Oklahoma State football: Backup QB J.W. Walsh leads OSU to 65-24 win

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: September 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012

“I just hate to say anything at this point,” Gundy said.

Lunt had impressed in his first two games as a Cowboy, completing all 11 passes he threw against Savannah State before setting a Big 12 freshman record with 436 passing yards at Arizona. Coaches consistently praised Lunt's accuracy, maturity and composure, even dating back to the spring, when he enrolled early at OSU and earned the right to succeed Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' starter by beating out redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and junior Clint Chelf in a highly publicized three-man quarterback competition. On the season, Lunt has completed 51 of his 75 passes for 588 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh shined while taking over for Lunt, directing an offense that put up a school-record 742 yards. He completed 21 of his 30 passes for 347 yards and added 73 rushing yards and a score.

“We know J.W. can make plays,” OSU running back Joseph Randle said. “We weren't too worried about it. At a young age, he's a leader on our team, regardless of where he's at on the depth chart.”

And for the short-term, Walsh is No. 1 on the depth chart, starting with OSU's upcoming bye week.

Before the season, that open date was viewed as an extra week for Lunt to continue to get comfortable in OSU's offensive system before its Big 12 opener against Texas. Now, the coaches will use that time to start to cater the Cowboys' spread to Walsh's skill set as a runner and thrower, though Monken said the base of the offense will remain the same.

Looking further into the distance, though, Monken is hopeful Lunt will quarterback the Cowboys again in 2012.

“Wes is our guy,” Monken said.


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