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OSU football: OSU offense still looking for an identity

The overall set of play calls often resembled the Larry Fedora/Zac Robinson style, rather than the Air Raid attack that had turned the Cowboys into one of the most explosive offenses in the nation the past three seasons.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 1, 2013

/articleid/3878592/1/pictures/2197394">Photo - Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart (5) dives forward as he is tackled by Mississippi State's Kendrick Market (26) during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart (5) dives forward as he is tackled by Mississippi State's Kendrick Market (26) during the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (MSU) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

It sprung the quarterback for a 46-yard scamper that set up the Cowboys' first touchdown late in the second quarter. And that play sparked the offense overall, picking up 24 quick yards in the two-minute drill to set up a field-goal attempt before the half, then staging two more touchdown drives by the second minute of the fourth quarter.

“We came out in the second half and I think we really established ourselves with some good runs, some good play-(action) pass, some quick-game throws,” Yurcich said. “Did some really good things there that gave us some rhythm.

“It's really important to continue to have those positive gains and to move the ball forward and to feel it start to click and I think in the third quarter we did that pretty well.”

So that's what we saw Saturday. But what will we see moving forward?

When will the Cowboys open up the passing game to utilize that stacked receiving corps? All-Big 12 receiver Josh Stewart led the Cowboys Saturday with four catches for 39 yards, yet 21 of those came on one play.

Now with the quarterback situation settled (at least for the immediate future), perhaps OSU's next two opponents — at Texas-San Antonio Saturday and against Lamar on Sept. 14 — will give the Cowboys the opportunity to sling the ball around and see what works.

And don't forget that, while Robinson was a true weapon with his legs, he threw the ball down the field plenty. He had some guy named Dez Bryant to haul it in. Walsh has Stewart and Tracy Moore and Jhajuan Seales and Marcell Ateman — and also has a noticeably improved arm.

OSU's offense Saturday might have been a flashback to the pre-Air Raid days. But that doesn't mean the 2013 Cowboy attack will be filled primarily with sideways passes and quarterback runs all season long.

Gundy's not even sure yet.


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