OSU's 42-6 rout of Kansas was primarily pedestrian – take care of business, don't get anybody hurt and get ready for Texas. And the grades reflect it.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL: A
Clint Chelf took the Cowboys 80 yards in 11 plays and scored a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the first half. OSU had produced TDs in the final minute of the first half against Texas-San Antonio and Kansas State, but that was with J.W. Walsh at quarterback. This was Chelf's best late-in-the-half drive. He completed five of 10 passes, including two third-and-long conversions, plus a fade route to Tracy Moore for a four-yard touchdown.
1988 TRIBUTE: B
It was great to have the 1988 squad back. The players in attendance were honored on the field at halftime. '88 coach Pat Jones was not in attendance but gave a solid video speech, telling his players to “stay connected” and “never forget what we accomplished.” But the players were not individually introduced, which was a shame. Their names instead appeared on the video board.
DEFENDING THE OPTION: C
The Jayhawks threw not only the new-age shotgun option at OSU's defense, but the old pitchout option, with freshman quarterback Montell Cozart. The Jayhawks dented OSU for some big gains, but the Cowboys made a halftime adjustment and better contained an attack rarely seen these days.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: A
Country singer Trace Adkins, a guest of Boone Pickens and a former defensive end at Louisiana Tech, crooned “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and it was well done. A good country baritone is never out of place in Stillwater.