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CLINT CHELF — How a quarterback who appeared to be reverting to reserve status at midseason looked like the best in the Big 12 on Saturday in Oklahoma State's 49-17 rout of No. 5 Baylor.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 24, 2013

Chelf was that good.

The Cowboy running game wasn't great, yet Chelf continually dug out of long-yardage situations to control the game.

A crossing pattern to Josh Stewart for 18 yards on second-and-19, setting an OSU touchdown.

A crossing pattern to Tracy Moore for 19 yards on second-and-21.

A deep fade to Charlie Moore for 27 yards on third-and-10, keeping alive a drive that led to a TD.

A deep ball to Jhajuan Seales for a 33-yard touchdown on third-and-14, capping the blowout.

Chelf's throws were stunningly on target. Quite the performance for a guy who was quite inaccurate earlier in the season.

“Clint was amazing,” said Tracy Moore. “He was running, throwing and even making a catch. There's not much that kid can't do.”

Chelf's progress mirrors OSU's. Chelf looked like a mediocre quarterback a few weeks ago. The Cowboys looked like a mediocre team.

Now Chelf is making the case for all-conference, and OSU is zooming up the BCS rankings, figuring to be sixth or seventh on Sunday.

“Things happen,” Gundy said. “One thing we tell our players is, after a play, after a practice, after a game, there hasn't been anybody able to go back and correct it or fix it. Life's about moving on.”

Chelf and the Cowboys have moved not only on, but up. And now they're in position to win the Big 12 championship, with a quarterback who is playing like the best in the league.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
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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