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

by Berry Tramel Published: December 7, 2013

CLINT CHELF: B

Chelf played mediocre much of the day, but you can't blame him much. Tough to throw on a day so frigid that Pistol Pete wore a duster. Going into OSU's penultimate drive, Chelf had completed just 14 of 29 passes for 143 yards. But Chelf was fabulous in the clutch, taking OSU on a 89-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the final few minutes, courtesy of four straight strikes – to Josh Stewart for 14 yards, Charlie Moore for 27 yards and Tracy Moore for 20 and 23 yards.

DEAL MAKING: B

OSU fan Daniel Kelly won $500 in a casino timeout contest, then in a let's-make-a-deal arrangement, traded in his prize for a mystery gift. Could have been a dud, but instead it was a bowl trip. Great selection, if the Cowboys had won and were headed to the Fiesta. But if it's the Cotton, the trade up was not that much.

REPLAY MANAGEMENT: F

Two plays on OU's final drive seemed worthy of replay review. But when the replay official didn't buzz the field to stop play, Mike Gundy didn't challenge, even though he had three timeouts and the clock was under 60 seconds. Justin Gilbert's near-interception at the OSU 10-yard line, then two plays later Blake Bell's scramble and pass completion to Jalen Saunders for a first down on 3rd-and-10 from the OSU 30-yard line (did Bell cross the line of scrimmage?) went unchallenged. It's likely both calls would have stood. But you can't take timeouts with you. Exactly what was the risk in using a timeout or two on a play that could win you the game?

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by Berry Tramel
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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...
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