Oklahoma State football: Cowboys run past Roadrunners with up-tempo offense

by Gina Mizell Published: September 7, 2013


photo - OSU's Josh Stewart (5) leaps for the end zone while defended by UTSA's Blake Terry (52) and Crosby Adams II (4) as OSU's Charlie Moore (17) blocks UTSA's Triston Wade (7) in the second quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Stewart reached the end zone on a second effort after the leap. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Josh Stewart (5) leaps for the end zone while defended by UTSA's Blake Terry (52) and Crosby Adams II (4) as OSU's Charlie Moore (17) blocks UTSA's Triston Wade (7) in the second quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Stewart reached the end zone on a second effort after the leap. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Execution of the play itself is fairly self-explanatory. But that also happens in between plays. In other words, the Cowboys must immediately be ready for the next snap.

“Just paying attention,” Stewart said of the biggest key to moving fast. “Even if you make a big play, just looking back (for the next call). We treat every play like it's going fast. Even if you make a big play, we don't have time to celebrate.

“We don't have time to do anything (like) congratulate the receiver for the catch. We've got to get back to the line and run the next play.”

Added offensive lineman Parker Graham: “Most of the time, I don't even know what happened the play before. You just block your guy, and then you run to where the ball's at, and then you block your guy and you run to where the ball's at.”

That chemistry must originally be built during preseason camp. But Walsh said it became even more of a focus this week in practice, with the Cowboys being ordered back to the middle of the field to then sprint back to the sideline if the pace wasn't to Yurcich's liking.

The tempo was decent on Tuesday. By Wednesday, it was a little faster. By Thursday, it was super speedy.

“We just kind of looked up, and practice was over way earlier than we thought it was supposed to be,” Walsh said. “We're practicing that hard, and I think that showed.

“I think that's a good weapon for us, a good tool to be moving fast like that and be successful with it.”

The ultimate result Saturday was an offense that looked way more like the Air Raid attack that has become the Cowboy Way during the last three seasons, rather than the run-heavy attack that out-muscled Mississippi State in Week 1. OSU coach Mike Gundy reaffirmed after the game that the Cowboys were largely taking what the Bulldogs gave them in Houston, even admitting that Mississippi State “showed no inclination for knowing how to defend” Walsh's ability to run the option.

But the Cowboys can agree that it was fun to get back to the up-tempo attack.

Can it hurry up even more?

Perhaps.

“I think we can get faster,” receiver Brandon Sheperd said. “But today was really fast.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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