Wrapping up our countdown of the top 13 plays of Oklahoma State’s 2013 season.
4. “Get-away-from-the-cops speed”
So is this what “deceptive” speed looks like?
Chelf blew through a wide-open hole on this quarterback draw and, thus, blew the Cowboys’ game in Lubbock wide open with this one scamper.
Clearly, the safety was fooled by Chelf’s speed. Or he just took a bad angle.
Chelf remained a legitimate running threat for the rest of the season, finishing with 373 yards and seven touchdowns.
3. Josh Stewart weaves his way to Big 12 punt return record
This is what you call being able to make plays in the open field.
Generally, punt returners are taught not to field the ball this close to the goal line. But Stewart did, and what followed was a special teams masterpiece in the Cowboys’ win against TCU.
Stewart certainly did a bulk of the work, using his vision, speed and “twitch” to weave his way to the end zone. But watch two key blocks — one by Derek Branson (who would get his special teams 15 minutes of fame later in the season with a big blocked punt against Tech) at the beginning and one by John Goodlett at the end.
Consider the timing of this play, too. The OSU offense was sputtering. The quarterback switch hadn’t happened yet. This play gave the Cowboys a spark they desperately needed.
And plays like that made Stewart one of the most feared special teams weapons in the nation, ranking fourth in punt returns (16.7 yards per return).
2. Chuck Moore for six, and the win
Some might argue that this play is too high. But, seriously, where would the Cowboys’ season have gone if they had also lost this game on the heels of the stunner at West Virginia?
After failing to pick up a first down for the bulk of the second half, the OSU offense suddenly found its rhythm. The Cowboys marched 75 yards in six plays, with J.W. Walsh finding Charlie Moore in the corner of the end zone with 4:13 to play to give OSU a 30-29 lead.
The OSU defense did the rest, as Shaun Lewis and Daytawion Lowe stopped the Wildcats’ next two drives with interceptions.
1. Tyler Patmon puts exclamation point on Baylor rout
This wasn’t necessarily the most important play of OSU’s 49-17 beatdown of Baylor that knocked the Bears out of the national title picture and vaulted OSU into Big 12 frontrunner status.
But it was the defining play of the night — and the season.
Why is that?
Boone Pickens Stadium shook as Patmon scooped up a Bryce Petty fumble and sprinted down the sideline for the 78-yard score.
And what a moment for Patmon, the Kansas post-graduate transfer who proved to be one of the biggest feel-good stories on this team.