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Oklahoma State football: Revisiting the 1998 QB platoon

by John Helsley Published: August 20, 2013

photo - Southwest Texas State Bobcats vs OSU football at Stillwater. OSU QB Tony Lindsay directs team.
Southwest Texas State Bobcats vs OSU football at Stillwater. OSU QB Tony Lindsay directs team.

Enter Chaloupka.

Exit momentum.

Bring on controversy.

Chaloupka played the first two series of the second quarter, with the Cowboys netting 11 yards and no first downs. From that point on, OSU sputtered on offense and the Red Raiders rallied. Chaloupka did lead a touchdown drive in the final minute, yet it was little, and late.

“I thought we were doing great and moving down the field,” Lindsay said after the game. “I have no say about the quarterback switch. That's coach Simmons' decision and he went with it.”

A good decision?

“I don't know,” Lindsay said. “You'd have to ask coach Simmons.”

Said Simmons: “I had planned on playing Chris anyhow. Tony did some good things, but right now Tony's not having any fun and Chris deserves to play. I told him that he was going to play in this ballgame, so that's why he played.”

Chaloupka hadn't played in the previous two games, a win over No. 25 Mississippi State and a close loss to Nebraska in Kansas City. The Cowboys were up and down the remainder of the season, going 3-3 amid an undercurrent of dissension.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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