OSU football notebook: J.W. Walsh quick to deflect credit

A short while after being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, Walsh continued throwing, firing credit toward his receivers.
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer Published: September 9, 2013
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A short while after being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, J.W. Walsh continued throwing, firing credit toward his receivers.

Still, Walsh's numbers were hard to ignore, as he completed 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in OSU's 56-35 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. He also added a 4-yard rushing touchdown.

Walsh's 88.9 completion percentage set a school record (minimum 20 attempts), while his 239.20 pass efficiency mark was the fourth-best in OSU history.

Walsh's four touchdown throws went to four different receivers: Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, Josh Stewart and Blake Jackson.

“All I did was throw those guys the ball,” Walsh said. “They made the plays. They made everything look so much better than it really was. We were just playing catch, and those guys went and got the ball.”

Walsh's Big 12 honor was OSU's second in as many weeks, after linebacker Caleb Lavey was the league's Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the season-opening win over Mississippi State.

This is the first Big 12 weekly honor for Walsh and the first for the Cowboys on offense since Stewart was named for his performance against West Virginia last November.

TEMPO: HOW FAST CAN THEY GO?

After revealing its up-tempo offense occasionally against Mississippi State, OSU pushed the pace repeatedly against UTSA, playing fast and stressing the Roadrunners' defense.

“That's the best part about the up-tempo stuff,” Walsh said, “they're tired and you can see it and you just keep attacking and coming downhill on them. It wears on them.”

Of the Cowboys' eight touchdowns, six required 2:49 or less. Even the longest drives, spanning nine and 10 plays, required just 3:33 and 3:57.

As far as offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is concerned, there's no such thing as too fast.

“I don't really think you can go too fast,” Yurcich said. “Of course, there are situations where you may want to slow down, depending on the time and situation of the game, like if we're ahead and trying to run the clock out. You have to be situational at times in your approach.

“But we want to make sure we're going really fast. As long as we feel we're wearing the defense out to the point of exhaustion and disrupting their lines of communication, we feel we're going fast enough.”

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