Oklahoma State football report card: High marks all around for the Cowboys

by Berry Tramel Published: November 23, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Marcell Ateman (3) makes a catch between Baylor's Demetri Goodson (3) and Terrell Burt (13) in the first quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Marcell Ateman (3) makes a catch between Baylor's Demetri Goodson (3) and Terrell Burt (13) in the first quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Quite a night in Stillwater. The Cowboys dominated Baylor both offensively and defensively, and the grades reflect it:

MIKE YURCICH: A

Phenomenal gameplan for the guy who a year ago today was coordinating Shippensburg's offense in a 37-14 loss to Winston-Salem State. Yurcich mixed in handoffs to fullback Kye Staley (two touchdowns, seven carries; he had just one carry all season); double-tight end formations; and trick plays that produced big yardage and set up two touchdowns.

RUN DEFENSE: A

Baylor came in averaging more than 300 yards rushing per game. But the Bears rushed for just 94 yards. Some of that came via sacks of quarterback Bryce Petty. But Baylor tailbacks combined for just 68 yards on 24 carries. Petty had a 27-yard run on Baylor's second possession, and tailback Devin Chafin had a 20-yard gain in the fourth quarter. In between, Baylor had no runs longer than 10 yards.

UNIFORMS: C

The Cowboys wore white/black/white for the first time in the Nike era. And it wasn't that great of a look. Especially on a night when Baylor wore black/white/black. For teams with school colors of vibrant orange and green, it sure was a drab matchup. One positive – OSU's numbers were in bright orange, making them easy to see.

CHELF SKILL: A

We knew Clint Chelf could run in a huge game. He showed that against Texas. By the second half Saturday, we knew Chelf could pass in a huge game. He completed his first 12 passes. But then Chelf proved that he even could catch – he hauled in a throwback pass from Josh Stewart and turned it into a 48-yard play that set up OSU's fourth touchdown.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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