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