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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys QB Clint Chelf adds West Virginia to list of defeated foes

OSU FOOTBALL — Clint Chelf has overcome disappointment, impatience and discouragement. And now he's overcome West Virginia in his first start as a collegiate quarterback.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 10, 2012

Through the first 24 minutes, Chelf threw only seven passes, and four of them were safe screens or swings.

“We wanted to try to get his feet under him and get him going,” Gundy said. “If we would have known what we know now, we probably would have opened up the game a little differently. We wanted to get him comfortable.”

Late first quarter, Chelf hit Stewart with a 21-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern that give OSU a 14-0 lead. Late second quarter, slot receiver Blake Jackson busted open down the middle, and Chelf hit him for an easy 48-yard TD pass.

After that, Chelf's shackles came off.

When the Mountaineers pulled within 38-34, Chelf took OSU on a third quarter field-goal drive that included a variety of downfield throws.

Then to open the fourth quarter, with OSU at its 20-yard line, West Virginia sent the house. The Mountaineers blitzed Chelf on virtually every down of an eight-play drive, seven of them passes, but Chelf stood tall. He hit Stewart for 13 yards on a rollout, Austin Hays for 36 yards on a perfect-strike streak pattern and finally Stewart on an out route that the waterbug turned into a 20-yard touchdown. OSU led 48-34, and with the Cowboy defense in the process of four straight stops in the fourth quarter, this game was over.

“They started to heat up, for sure,” Chelf said of West Virginia's pressure, but like all savvy quarterbacks, he credited his line. “With all the blitzes, they held up as good as they could.”

In turn, Chelf's teammates credited him.

“Clint's one of those guys, he never gave up,” said linebacker Caleb Levy. “It would have been easy for the guy to pack it up, but that wasn't Clint's mindset. His opportunity came, and he took full advantage of it.

“We have three awesome quarterbacks.”

Don't know about that just yet. But this we know. Against West Virginia, one of those quarterbacks had an awesome day, in every sense of the word.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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