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OSU football: How Kansas State helped Cowboys get ready for TCU

Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams indirectly helps Oklahoma State prepare for TCU's Trevone Boykin.
by John Helsley Published: October 13, 2013

Kansas State's Daniel Sams presented the Cowboys defense with a different challenge.

And Sams, in the process, provided OSU's defense with prep work for TCU's Trevone Boykin.

The two quarterbacks have their differences, yet are similar enough as dual threats — with a real threat as dangerous runners — that Sams' surprising extensive play against the Cowboys should prove beneficial when the Horned Frogs arrive in Stillwater for homecoming Saturday.

“TCU, they're gonna run it some with (Boykin), but they're still gonna run their offense,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “There's a little difference there, in my opinion, in what Kansas State was trying to do than what TCU would try to do, from what I've seen on tape so far.

“There are some comparisons there with what I consider a big strong (quarterback) that can get out of the pocket and run. Their quarterback, when he's running, he's like a (running) back.”

The TCU and K-State offenses looked a lot alike when comparing what the Wildcats did in Stillwater to the Horned Frogs' regular approach.

Before the 'Cats visited OSU, Sams had been more of a change up at quarterback, used mainly as a runner in relief of starter Jake Waters. But Sams played much of the way against the Cowboys, completing 15 of 21 passes — both season highs — for 181 yards and two touchdowns. And he ran 27 times for 118 yards and another score.

Sams took off frequently, on designed runs and scrambles, seemingly always remaining a threat to throw on the go. On K-State's first score, Sams ducked into the line from his spot in the shotgun, then pulled up to pop a pass to fullback Glenn Gronkowski that turned into a 67-yard touchdown.

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