OSU stormed to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, led 28-10 in the second quarter and appeared capable of putting away Tech early when Shaun Lewis intercepted a Davis Webb pass with six minutes left in the first half.
But Chelf didn't see Tech end Pete Robertson drop into coverage; Chelf's pass hit Robertson in the bread basket and made for an easy 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. By halftime, OSU led just 28-24, and Jones Stadium was ready to explode with a dramatic comeback.
But Chelf stayed steady. Josh Stewart's big punt return set up an OSU touchdown and reversed momentum. Then Chelf dashed 67 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-9 quarterback draw, and the Cowboys were back up by 18 and in command.
“It's not easy to do,” Yurcich said of keeping composure after a rough play. “I don't think people understand how difficult that can be, especially on the road.”
Yurcich gave his quarterback plenty of weapons with which to excel. New formation wrinkles. Some nifty calls, like a flea flicker that Chelf turned into a 44-yard deep ball to Jhajuan Seales. More tailback efficiency.
This OSU offense suddenly looks nothing like the unit that sloshed through the early part of the Big 12 schedule. This OSU offense looks like what we thought we'd see all season. This OSU offense looks like why the Cowboys were picked to win the Big 12.
If Chelf can play this November like he did last November, OSU has a fighting chance to live up to that billing.
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