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.