“We made it a point that we were going to try to tempo this game, and we kind of knew what to expect,” center Evan Epstein said. “It's always kind of a rush, but you kind of got to step back and make sure you do your assignments right, because above all else, that's most important.”
The night was not perfect, of course.
On three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, backup quarterback J.W. Walsh threw an interception, Austin Hays fumbled after a catch and Quinn Sharp missed a 46-yard field goal.
But by then, second- and third-team players were already on the field. And Walsh went on to direct five more touchdown drives, including OSU's first two passing scores of the season, after permanently replacing Lunt before third-team quarterback Clint Chelf came into the game late in the third quarter.
The final result was nothing surprising. The question coming out of this game, though, is was it a sufficient enough dress rehearsal before the Cowboys travel to Arizona for their first road contest on Sept. 8?
“A game's different, no matter how you cut it,” Epstein said. “You could scrimmage a 1,000-play scrimmage if you want, it's never going to be the same as a game and it gives a lot of guys real good experience.”
Added Monken: “The reality is, we needed a lot of guys to play football and get out there and play in front of people, no matter who the opponent was.”