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Oklahoma State football: J.W. Walsh was up to the task; OSU's defense was not

COMMENTARY — In his first collegiate start, J.W. Walsh passed the test. Oklahoma State's defense could not.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 29, 2012

STILLWATER – The Cowboys would have liked this game placed in Wes Lunt's hands, but J.W. Walsh passed the frying pan test.

Passed it just fine.

Oklahoma State's defense? Not so much.

Texas beat the Cowboys 41-36 Saturday in a Big 12 shootout that showed OSU is going to have to win scoreathons this conference season. Can't rely on the defense for much help.

The 12th-ranked Longhorns scored touchdowns on their final two possessions, first gashing the Cowboys on the ground, then piercing the Cowboys with the pass.

Joe Bergeron's disputed two-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left won it for Texas; Bergeron fumbled, but officials ruled he already had crossed the goal line.

“They just happened to make the play when the clock went out,” Mike Gundy said.

What he meant by that was, last team with the ball and any appreciable time, wins.

Heck, OSU's offense scared Texas even in the final seconds, with last-play lateral-dazzle that went 41 yards before Charlie Moore was stopped.

Thus OSU wasted what would have been a monumental victory: a third straight win over the Longhorns, only this time with a backup quarterback.

Walsh, playing for the injured Lunt, made enough plays with his arm and eventually his feet to keep the Cowboy offense humming.

OSU got exactly what it needed: a strong running game that relieved pressure from the redshirt freshman QB.

Put the cannon-armed Lunt with this OSU running game, and the ‘Horns would have gone home losers, though to be fair, UT played without defensive starters Jordan Hicks (linebacker) and Desmond Jackson (tackle).

But even with a good chunk of OSU's passing game put in mothballs, Walsh was effective.

The Cowboys scored every time they had the ball in the second half, except the desperation possession after Bergeron's touchdown.

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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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