Through two games, opportunities for backup quarterback J.W. Walsh have been limited.
He ran his special package — designed to utilize his ability to run and throw — for one series against Savannah State and one play against Arizona. Walsh also ran OSU's regular offense against Savannah State.
As for the “Walsh Package,” Walsh's first play against the Tigers was a 13-yard run to the right side, before Joseph Randle broke a 38-yard to the 6-yard line. In a way, that long run may have ruined the Cowboys' plans to experiment more with the package, and Jeremy Smith scored two plays later.
Against Arizona, Walsh came in for a fourth-and-1 at midfield in the second quarter and was stopped short of the first down. The play started in the diamond formation with backs Randle, Jeremy Seaton and Kye Staley, before Seaton motioned to Walsh's right side. Walsh ran to his right on the keeper, but could not get past the sticks.
“Obviously, it didn't work very good,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Tried to get a yard and got a half-a-yard. I don't think that falls on J.W. I think it falls on the way it was blocked. At that time, you'd like to think you can get a yard.”
SILENCE NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN
There's been a lot of singing and dancing — some by Gundy — in OSU locker rooms in recent years.
Saturday's postgame scene provided a stark contrast.
“You never want to go into a quiet locker room,” Smith said. “That's a locker room you always hate being in, because those guys want to say something.”
COWBOYS REFOCUS ON TAKEAWAYS
Skeptics of the Oklahoma State defense last season often pointed to its NCAA-best 44 takeaways as part luck, even though the Cowboys' trend of forcing turnovers dates back to defensive coordinator Bill Young's arrival in 2009. From 2009-11, OSU led the nation with 108 takeaways, 17 more than second-place Oregon during that span.
But so far in 2012, OSU has forced just two turnovers in two games, including zero against Arizona in Saturday's 59-38 loss.
Defensive end Cooper Bassett said his unit needs to refocus on gaining takeaways, starting with practice.
Keep in mind, through two games last season, the Cowboys had forced only three turnovers. They went on to snag 41 takeaways in their final 11 contests.
COWBOYS LEAD NATION IN TACKLES FOR LOSS
Through two games, OSU leads the nation with 23 tackles for loss.
Those stops have resulted in 84 yards in losses.
By comparison, OSU produced 91 tackles for loss all of last season — 13 games — meaning the Cowboys are already one-fourth of the way to that total.
End Ryan Robinson leads the way with three tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks.