To help wrap up the Oklahoma State’s 2013 season, let’s count down the Cowboys’ top 13 moments. These will be revealed in waves throughout the next week or so.
13. J.W. Walsh’s arm — yes, arm — leads to blowout win against Texas-San Antonio
Seems like long ago, but we all lauded Walsh for his accuracy after this game.
Walsh consistently zipped the Cowboys down the field, finishing with more touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three). His final line: 24-of-27, 326 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions. He also added a rushing score in the 56-35 victory at the Alamodome.
Walsh’s performance broke OSU’s single-game record for completion percentage (88.9), breaking Brandon Weeden’s mark against Kansas in 2011 (24-of-28, 85.7 percent).
12. Justin Gilbert’s 100-yard kickoff return ends Kansas game in opening seconds
Sure, there were 42 points scored by the Cowboys against the Jayhawks. But everyone essentially could have gone home after the opening kickoff, when Gilbert raced 100 yards to the house — with Barry Sanders on hand to watch.
Gilbert’s score — the sixth on a kickoff return in his career — set a Big 12 record.
11. Walsh run ignites OSU offense against Mississippi State
Even with an early quarterback switch from Clint Chelf to Walsh, the Cowboy offense sputtered through most of its season opener in Houston.
But late in the second quarter, Walsh kept the ball on a zone-read play and broke to the left side, picking up 46 yards to set up OSU’s first touchdown (a 3-yard run from Walsh).
Walsh finished with 125 rushing yards to go along with 135 passing yards, showing a dual-threat ability many OSU folks hoped would be a sign of things to come in 2013.