It was one more thing that the Sooners had to respect.
It helped Joe Randle have a big day, 113 yards and four touchdowns. It helped Chelf have a good day passing, 253 yards and one touchdown.
Truth be told, the Cowboys might not have put enough on Chelf's feet in the end. After they took a 38-27 lead in the third quarter, Chelf had only one more designed run play called for him.
He only attempted 10 passes after that point, too.
It looked like Monken might've been trying to take the pressure of Chelf — Randle and Jeremy Smith got a lot of work in the fourth quarter and overtime — but the Sooners were cranking up the heat on the quarterback. They sacked Chelf a couple times and pressured him a few others.
More running plays might've kept the Sooners from blitzing quite as much.
And in a game that went to overtime and was decided by a mere three points, one or two more running plays might've been difference makers.
“Between him and I, we probably didn't make enough plays to win at the end,” Monken said. “Ultimately we're judged on winning and losing, but I'm proud of him.”
Everyone in the Cowboy Nation should be. Even though it's been less than a month since this guy stepped into the fire at Kansas State, he's made it easy to forget just how difficult it is to do what he's done.
Going from third-string to near Bedlam hero is not for the faint of heart.
“I definitely know he has it in him,” Randle said of Chelf's performance Saturday. “He played great, and he kept his composure in a hostile environment, and our team played pretty good.”
Chelf said, “You know there are going to be ups and downs throughout the game. We were prepared for that. We tried to just answer every time that they did something.”
“They just made one more play than us.”
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