Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' victory over Mississippi State looked like a different sport

OSU 21, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3 — Oklahoma State opened with a victory over a Southeastern Conference team in SEC fashion.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 31, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith (31) scores a touchdown during second half of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith (31) scores a touchdown during second half of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

HOUSTON – Oklahoma State University has won a lot of football games in recent years. Few like their victory Saturday at Reliant Stadium.

With a running quarterback and a stiff defense, the 13th-ranked Cowboys opened the 2013 season by beating Mississippi State University 21-3.

The 15,000 or so OSU fans decked out in orange must have been wondering what this new sport was.

Last year alone, the Cowboys played games of 59-38, 65-24, 41-36, 44-30, 55-34, 59-21, 51-48, 41-34 and 58-14.

But Saturday, OSU beat a Southeastern Conference foe with an SEC-like performance. Dominant defense and a commanding run game.

Quarterback J.W. Walsh relieved starter Clint Chelf after two series and played the rest of the way. Walsh ran for 125 yards — his 46-yard scamper in the second quarter broke the shackles of an anemic Cowboy offense and set up Walsh's go-ahead touchdown.

“When J.W. came in, he kind of gave us a spark,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “So we just continued to move forward from that point.”

After the game, Gundy declared Walsh the starter for Game 2, Saturday at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

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by Berry Tramel
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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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