OSU football notebook: Punter Quinn Sharp able to flip field with both legs

BY JOHN HELSLEY, GINA MIZELL, JASON KERSEY and JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers
Oklahoman Modified: September 9, 2011 at 12:46 am •  Published: September 9, 2011

The play called was 435, a run play for tailback Joseph Randle out of the cross formation.

As the Cowboys were readying to approach the line of scrimmage, fullback Kye Staley told Randle to be ready.

And after running right through a hole created by a big Staley block on Arizona middle linebacker Ron Hankins, Randle scooted 41 yards to the Wildcats' 7 to set up the game's first touchdown.

“We game-planned that play for the whole week,” Staley said. “And he said, ‘If you get him, I'll bust it.' And I told him, ‘Be ready.' As soon as that ball got snapped, I ran inside, I hit him, and he was off to the races.”

Randle said: “We talked right before that play. I told him, ‘I'm right off your butt.' So he knew I was coming right behind him. He made a great play and opened it right up for me.”

STALEY FEELS THE LOVE

The career of Staley hasn't gone at all as planned, with a knee injury nearly wrecking his football future at OSU.

But he's returned to earn the starting fullback job and Thursday got his first carry – a 4-yard run that felt like much more. The Boone Pickens Stadium crowd added to the feeling, with a strong applause.

“I heard the fans with a little extra cheer, and it was exciting,” Staley said. “It felt great. I've been waiting three years for that. I've been through a lot. Fought adversity to get to where I am and I'm very blessed to be where I'm at.”

Staley also caught two passes for 14 yards, showing a burst of speed on a 9-yard gain.

“The adrenaline was running through my veins,” he said.

COWBOYS CORRALLING BALL CARRIERS

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young said he is pleased with his unit's tackling so far in the young season.

“We haven't had a lot of missed tackles, and we've been tackling some pretty good athletes,” Young said. “And that's really ... remarkable because we didn't scrimmage; we did all of our thud work and things like that, trying to stay as healthy as we possibly could.”

FOLES LEAVES AN IMPRESSION

Oklahoma State put pressure on Arizona quarterback Nick Foles all night, but, for the most part, Foles was able to escape the pressure, taking only one sack in the Cowboys' win.

Foles finished 37-of-51 passing for 398 yards and a touchdown.

“He shook us off a couple times, but he's a big, physical guy,” Young said. “We are very impressed with him. He did a tremendous job of checking into the right plays. They're gonna score a lot of points on a lot of people.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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