OSU QBS VS. WEST VIRGINIA: THEN AND NOW
In the 1987 Sun Bowl, Mike Gundy made his 20th start for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His Cowboys beat West Virginia 35-33 and his quarterback rating was 137.91.
Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, Clint Chelf made his first start for the Cowboys — against West Virginia.
Chelf completed 22 of 31 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, leading to a quarterback rating of 186.22.
Now, quarterback ratings have zoomed in the recent era, bringing cause for caution when comparing. Quarterbacks are just more accurate now, and they throw a lot more. Touchdowns are up, interceptions are down or at least stable.
Still, it's a fun side-by-side for the same name foe.
“I'm very proud of Clint Chelf,” Gundy said. “I think he did a great job.”
Chelf, when asked to evaluate his first start: “We won, so that's how I evaluate it. But the offense played pretty well.”
Same as 25 years ago, when Chelf's coach was a quarterback himself, and with Thurman Thomas, Hart Lee Dykes and Barry Sanders as sidekicks, fared the same.
By John Helsley and Berry Tramel