Wiggling, Stewart called it. “It's easier to tackle somebody that's running straight,” he said. “By me wiggling, they didn't know what angle to take or anything like that.”
Stewart had quite the load early in the game. He had seven catches and 194 all-purpose yards 16 minutes into the game. Walsh, his high school buddy, targets Stewart frequently. Chelf is more inclined to throw downfield at one of OSU's rangier receivers.
But after the Cowboys sputtered around for much of the day and let the Frogs climb within 17-10 in the fourth quarter, Stewart was needed again.
Moore, a high school quarterback back in Bullard, Texas, came around on a reverse and tossed a long pass Stewart's direction. Trouble was, TCU safety Chris Hackett had Stewart well-covered.
Moore's orders were clear. Unless Stewart was wide open, don't throw it. Moore threw it anyway.
“I wanted him to throw it, but I wasn't expecting him to,” Stewart said.
Hackett was in prime position to intercept or knock down the ball, but Stewart leaped, maneuvered his body in front of Hackett and made the catch.
“I went to the sideline, and J.W. said, ‘I don't think you understand how good of a catch that was,'” Stewart said. “But when you just try to make plays for your team, stuff like that happens.”
The 27-yard gain put OSU on TCU's 7-yard line, and Childs scored on the next play.
Ballgame. Not a stellar victory for the Cowboys, but those are rare in Big 12 football 2013. Just win. OSU is 2-1 and has staked its claim in the five-team race for a Fiesta Bowl berth.
OSU's defense is playing well enough to make the Cowboys a contender. OSU's offense hasn't found its sea legs. The post-game tenor seemed to indicate Chelf will take over. We'll see if things pick up.
But Saturday, this we know. The Cowboys don't win this game without Stewart.
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