OSU follows Pickens’ lead, cleans up vs. Missouri State
By John Rohde • Published: September 3, 2006
Sophomore running back Mike Hamilton had 155 yards on 16 carries in the first half. Had he taken proper advantage of the monstrous hole on his first carry, Hamilton might have had 200-plus.
OSU has two big feet in kicker Jason Ricks (53-yard field goal) and kickoff man Bruce Redden (five kickoffs for touchbacks).
Redshirt freshman safety Andre Sexton showed he was worthy of wearing the late Vernon Grant’s No. 20 jersey, burying his facemask in the opposing quarterback’s chest, which led to a Cox interception.
It’s a scary sight for a defensive back when Cowboys sophomore tight end Brandon Pettigrew (6-5, 265) splits out wide, which he often does.
If you’re looking for an unknown OSU stud currently limited as a backup, keep an eye on third-string freshman defensive lineman Derek Burton, who lived in the Bears’ backfield much of the second half.
Saturday’s romp could have been much uglier. Up 45-0 with 13:20 left in the third quarter, OSU coach Mike Gundy called off the dogs and ordered subs.
Exactly how bad are the Bears? Somewhere between terrible and horrible. They were the preseason pick to finish seventh in the eight-team Gateway Conference.
But it appears this year’s OSU team at least knows how to locate their opponent’s jugular, which last year’s team most certainly did not.
Whenever the 2005 Cowboys knocked down an opponent, they picked them up and brushed them off rather than shoving their face in the dirt.
The 2006 Cowboys seem much meaner, much more competent, much better.
Again, it’s tough to tell given the quality of competition.
But if we criticized OSU for not finishing off inferior foes last September, we must credit the Cowboys for doing as they were told Saturday night.
So far, so good.
Same time next Saturday against Arkansas State.
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