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OSU football: Cowboys played with a no-fear mentality

Perhaps no plays were gutsier than the pair of fourth-down decisions near the goal line — and the subsequent play calls — that resulted in touchdowns.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 4, 2013
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photo - OSU’s Clint Chelf breaks away for a 67-yard touchdown run during the Cowboys’ 52-34 win over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OSU’s Clint Chelf breaks away for a 67-yard touchdown run during the Cowboys’ 52-34 win over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

And Chelf is first supposed to look to throw to Kye Staley, not Seaton. But the way Tech lined up before the snap suddenly made Seaton think he could get open.

“The main thought that was going through my head was don't mess up,” Seaton said. “Get off coverage, don't fall, make the catch.”

Later, with the Cowboys clinging to a 28-24 lead early in the third quarter, they went for it again. On fourth-and-2 at the 3, Desmond Roland took the handoff and pounded it into the end zone.

“Get ready, it's your time to shine,” center Jake Jenkins said of his mindset on those types of calls. “We know that it's going to be put on the offensive line and we know that we need to go. Everybody just kind of (put) up or shut up and got with it.”

After that, OSU pulled away, primarily thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns from Chelf. But that shouldn't diminish the significance of those fourth-down calls at the time.

“You're on the road and you're playing against a good offense,” Yurcich said. “You've got to do whatever you've got to do to come away with a ‘W,' and going for it in those situations were very important for us.”

And the Cowboys enjoy playing with that no-fear mentality.

“It kind of keeps it to where we're unpredictable,” Seaton said. “Defenses don't really know what we're doing. It's a great thing to have on your side.”