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Oklahoma State football: Late third-quarter drive flips switch for Cowboys' offense

by John Helsley Published: October 5, 2013

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Big-time drive. Also needed.

“Last week, we had an opportunity to do the same thing we did today and we failed,” Walsh said of the offense's struggles in a 30-21 loss at West Virginia.

“When we stepped on the field on that drive, we needed to win. We needed to score. The guys took it as a challenge to go out there and succeed with it. And we did.”

After not producing a play of more than six yards in the second half to that point, Walsh opened the drive with a 12-yard throw to Josh Stewart.

And the offense seemed to exhale.

“Anytime you can get your drive going,” Walsh said, “that's when good things start to happen. And that's when you start to roll.

“We needed that.”

Walsh followed with a 26-yard strike to Tracy Moore, before Jeremy Smith had his longest run of the day, a 16-yard scamper to the K-State 21. Then Walsh struck again, this time on a pass of 15 yards to Brandon Sheperd, and the Cowboys were at the 6.

“A lot of offense is about rhythm and getting into the flow,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “We found it.

“That was really important for us, at the critical time. To be able to find it at that point, when you've struggled for a half, and be able to go down and score, that was really important.”

Soon, Charlie Moore turned Daily inside-out.

“I recall the big catch Tracy made, that was a big play,” Charlie Moore said. “But really, every play. It was a good drive. And a solid group effort, from the linemen to the receivers to the quarterback throws and the running back running the ball downhill.

“It was just a great drive.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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