Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said Monday that J.W. Walsh's entrance on OSU's third possession against Mississippi State was predetermined.
“We were going to play J.W. in the third series,” Gundy said of the early game script that saw Clint Chelf start and play two series.
After that, Gundy said, Walsh stayed at quarterback because of the way he was performing.
“We started to see results from what J.W. was giving us,” Gundy said, “and at that point — we were playing a team that has the capability of beating us — we needed to stay with what we thought gave us the best chance to win the game.”
Gundy, who reiterated that Walsh is the starter going forward, said he thought Walsh delivered a missing spark. And he didn't back off the decision to stick with him the remainder of the game.
“I have to make that decision,” Gundy said. “The offensive coaches have to make that decision. That's what they pay us to do. I felt like there was a lift when he came in, for whatever reason.
“The first time or two we weren't as successful as we wanted, but we had opportunities. There was a part of the scheme where we could see it should have happened.”
CHELF'S ROLE: TBD
Gundy has swiftly moved away from his declaration that he was “obligated” to play both quarterbacks.
So while Walsh was slotted to enter the opener early, there will be no such plan for Chelf.
“J.W. is our quarterback now,” Gundy said. “Clint could play. I don't have a time frame for that. I'm not sure we ever will.
“I said before the game we were going to play both quarterbacks and we're comfortable with the way J.W. played and think he gives us the best opportunity now for success.”
As for Chelf's mindset, Gundy acknowledged that the Enid senior must be disappointed.
“He's been fine at practice,” Gundy said. “Clint's a good guy, has worked hard. I couldn't say anything else other than I'm sure he's disappointed.
“We all want to be the starter. But it's the way it fell at this time and we're glad he's a part of our program.”
LAVEY EARNS BIG 12 HONOR
Cowboys middle linebacker Caleb Lavey was at the center of Saturday's dominant defensive effort.
Monday, Lavey was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.