“All of a sudden, you look up and say, ‘Holy … what just happened?’” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “They’re a very good offensive team, very well-coached, and when you play that kind of team, you’ve got to do a better job of scoring.”
Added Chelf: “The offense dug ourselves a hole early, and just weren’t able to get out of it.”
Any hope the Cowboys had of getting back in the game were dashed in the fourth quarter when Baylor’s Lache Seatrunk ran through the middle of OSU’s defense for a 76-yard touchdown to make the score 41-27. The Cowboys offense stalled out at midfield on the next drive after a couple of first downs courtesy of Baylor penalties.
Monken took the blame for the spotty showing, saying he “made more mistakes than anybody” with his play calls.
“We had moments we looked like, ‘Boy we really know what we’re doing,’ and there are times where we were just really choppy,” he said.
OSU will still finish the season ranked extremely high nationally in virtually every offensive category.
That can still be regarded as a huge accomplishment in a season where the Cowboys needed three starting quarterbacks and battled through a barrage of injuries at several skill positions, most notably a season-ender to top returning receiver Tracy Moore. And a month of bowl practice will only allow those young playmakers to continue to grow and develop.
But Monken admits Saturday’s inconsistent offensive performance was probably a carryover from the final period of OSU’s Bedlam heartbreaker a week ago. And over the last five quarters, that production hasn’t reached the standard he wants.
“Pretty good, but not good enough,” he said.