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Oklahoma State football: No. 12 Cowboys run past Texas, set up huge matchup with Baylor

BY GINA MIZELL Modified: November 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013


photo - Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf (10) is forced out of bounds by UT's Carrington Byndom (23) in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Clint Chelf (10) is forced out of bounds by UT's Carrington Byndom (23) in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman

AUSTIN, Texas — Parker Graham knows the result of a run play based on the crowd reaction.

On the road, silence — or a collective groan — is golden.

“If there was nobody talking, then we knew stuff was going good for us,” the Oklahoma State offensive lineman said.

The No. 12 Cowboys were content to try to match No. 24 Texas’ physical, run-heavy style with their own ground attack. In fact, that’s exactly how OSU wanted to play, rather than letting the Longhorns’ feared pass rushers get chance after chance to lay a blow on quarterback Clint Chelf.

And that run game helped OSU jump out to an early lead and then coast to a 38-13 win at Royal-Memorial Stadium, setting up a massive primetime showdown between the Cowboys and No. 5 Baylor in Stillwater that could decide the Big 12 champion.

“In our opinion, the only way to defeat (Texas’ defensive style) is to run the football,” coach Mike Gundy said. “Otherwise, you put your quarterback back there and he gets smashed in front of the home crowd and everybody’s jumping and yelling and it’s not a fun time.”

Chelf proved to be the most dangerous ball-carrier, tallying 95 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries that included a mixture of zone-read keepers and quarterback draws.

More evidence that Chelf is deceptively quick and agile. And more evidence Texas’ defense is vulnerable against the quarterback run game.

Chelf began to attack the Longhorns on the Cowboys’ second drive. First play, he took a 14-yard keeper to the left side. Three plays later, the middle of the field opened for a 22-yard draw. Three plays after that, another draw resulted in an 18-yard score.

Then in the second quarter, Chelf scored again with his legs, using a great block from fullback Kye Staley to get around the left corner for the four-yard touchdown.

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