Chelf ran the shotgun option to great success, including two 32-yard runs, which helped free Roland. By game's end, Iowa State didn't know which was the more lethal poison. The Cyclones were just wishing Chelf would throw.
“Anytime, as a quarterback coach, 10 of 27 (Walsh threw a late incompletion), it's not going to make you feel great on the way home,” Yurcich said.
“It's disappointing. Drop here, drop there, missed throw here, missed throw here.”
Chelf started fine. He completed four of five passes on OSU's opening drive, the only misfire coming when flanker Charlie Moore slipped.
But Chelf completed just four of 16 the rest of the first half, and Yurcich pulled in the reins. Chelf threw only five second-half passes. One of them was a miscommunication in which Chelf threw deep to nobody except Iowa State safety Nigel Tribune, who intercepted.
And while Iowa State, at least in the first half, played two safeties over the top, it's not like OSU receivers were blanketed. In fact, early in the game, FOX cameras caught Gundy telling his passcatchers, “Hell, everybody on the team is wide open.”
Said Yurcich, “I think we were getting open for the most part, absolutely. I sure would like to see him have that play back in the score zone. It was a misread. Like to have that one back. Other than that, there were a couple of throws here and there. But you're going to have those throughout the course of a game.”
And give Chelf credit. He did more than manage the game. He impacted the game positively for OSU, even with an errant arm.
So now the Cowboys get ready for upstart Texas Tech, with Gundy saying it's likely Chelf will again quarterback. In windy Lubbock, a running quarterback comes in handy. In any college football port, a passing quarterback does the same.
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