“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.
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