Oklahoma State wide receiver Charlie Moore had his second consecutive career day, hauling in eight catches for 129 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Moore talked about how that play developed, and how he, Josh Stewart (13 catches, 89 yards) and Blake Jackson (four catches, 96 yards) stepped up in the absence of starting receivers Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson.
What did you see on the touchdown play?
“We ran it all week, and Coach (Todd) Monken obviously called it at the perfect time. I knew from the previous plays that the cornerbacks were biting pretty good. We hadn't really been threatening them deep yet. As soon as I sold the fake, I could kind of see (the corner) and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be great.' When I looked back and saw J.W. (Walsh) wide open, getting ready to throw it, (I told myself to) just make sure I catch it, because it's going to be a touchdown if I did.”
What's it like when you're wide open on a play like that?
“Those can be the scariest sometimes. The ball feels like it's floating in the air forever. I was just really concentrating. I think I remember telling myself while I was running, ‘Catch it, catch it, catch it.' Luckily, I did, and after that, it was just off to the races. Once I secured the catch, it was just smiles. It's a great feeling knowing I'm about to celebrate with my team in the end zone.”
Did you and Stewart and Jackson talk about needing to play well with Moore and Anderson hurt, or is it just understood?
“It's understood, and the coaches get the point across about that. But at the same time, I think it's important (to know) without the coaches telling us. We need to remind each other and take pride in our part on the team. When we see an opportunity to step up, we're doing good so far at building confidence in doing so.”