Before the injury, Lunt had an uneven performance, completing 11 of his 20 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown and three picks. He executed the play-action fake perfectly to help leave Austin Hays wide open for a 54-yard touchdown strike that gave the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead. But he swung momentum in the opposite direction in the second quarter when he tossed his third pick-six of the season, which was returned 29 yards by Chapman to put K-State up 31-17.
The quarterback questions are likely to linger into next week. But in Chelf, the Cowboys have the signal-caller who has been has been in the program for almost four seasons and knows their offensive system better than any quarterback. He also possesses some mobility — more than Lunt, but less than Walsh — as evidenced by his four carries for 33 yards Saturday night.
“I’ll be ready to play,” Chelf said. “I’ve always been ready to play.
“That’s how I’m going to approach it. I hope (Lunt’s) OK, but I’ll have to approach it as I’m the starter.”
And if Chelf starts against West Virginia, Jase Chilcoat becomes the backup. Chilcoat is a former walk-on from Midwest City, who was lured back to the program with a scholarship as the Cowboys’ third-team quarterback when Lunt sustained his first injury in September.
Monken has stressed that he believed the Cowboys had three solid quarterbacks coming out of spring football. He just didn’t expect he’d have to use them all. But the carousel keeps turning. And turning. And turning.