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Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect up-and-down nature of OSU's game

by Berry Tramel Published: December 7, 2013

In a 33-24 Bedlam loss, the Cowboys played well at times but didn't take control of the game when they had the chance, and the Sooners won it at the end. And the grades reflect it.


OSU unveiled few new wrinkles, other than an inside handoff sweep to Des Roland on the game's first play, which caught OU by surprise and went for a 75-yard TD run, though it was negated by a Charlie Moore holding penalty. But the chief complaint against OSU's offensive coordinator was the constant deviation from the run game. The Cowboys pounded the Sooners on a 99-yard TD drive in the first quarter, then fruitlessly passed three straight times on the next possession. In the third quarter, after OSU took a 17-10 lead and seemed in control, the Cowboys twice resorted to almost-exclusive passing. Three straight on one drive, four of five plays on another, which ended with Julian Wilson's interception of a Chelf pass.


The Cowboy crowd was excellent, for such horrid conditions. Temperature at kickoff was 16 degrees, and OSU fans wisely arrived en masse just before kickoff. They were loud and impactful. The only knock? The snowballs that were hurled from the student section on the celebrating Sooners after Jalen Saunders' go-ahead touchdown with 19 seconds left.


Trevor Knight figured to give OU its only chance at a Bedlam upset. Wrong. Knight, injured on OU's final play of the first half, directed the Sooners to just three first-half points. The Cowboy defense largely corralled OU's option offense. Knight rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries and completed three of seven passes for 28 yards. OU's offense gained just 132 total yards in the first half.


Blake Bell was OU's third quarterback option. He took just three snaps before the fourth quarter. But in the fourth quarter, Bell completed nine of 14 passes for 137 yards and led two scoring drives. OU went away from the option game plan and ran the ball just nine times out of 23 fourth-quarter plays. The Cowboys didn't seem ready for OU's return to the Landry Jones/Blake Bell offense, and it's hard to blame them.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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