OSU football report card: High marks for Cowboys' tailbacks, defense

by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2013

The Cowboys routed Texas Tech 52-34, and as Mike Gundy said, all three phases played well. The grades from Lubbock reflect such a quality performance:

TAILBACK ROTATION: A

Desmond Roland early and often, Rennie Childs late and even Jeremy Smith for some changeups. Quite a rotation OSU had. Roland carried 15 times in the first quarter alone and finished with 96 yards on 31 carries. Childs came on late in the third quarter and bolted for gains of 22, 15 and 14 yards. Even Smith was a factor, coming in and taking a swing pass 17 yards, followed immediately by a 23-yard run, which set up OSU's first touchdown. In all, the three tailbacks combined for 194 yards on 45 carries.

DEFENSIVE STARTS: A

The Cowboy defense gave up a fair mount of points (27) and a huge amount of yards (549), but that's to be expected in an elongated game. What's more important was how the OSU defense played to start both halves. The Cowboys got stops on Tech's first four possessions of the game and held the Red Raiders to a field goal on the fifth series. After Tech reversed momentum to draw within 28-24 at halftime, the OSU defense stiffened in the third quarter, turning back the Red Raiders on three possessions. By then, the Cowboy lead was back up to 42-24.

UNIFORMS: A

The Cowboys unveiled a new color pattern – orange helmet, white jersey, white pants. Really sharp look. The helmet had the Pistol Pete logo – the OSU logo is better – but still, very solid.

TIGHT END FORMATION: B

The Cowboys used a tight end more in this game than anytime in the last three years. Most of the time, redshirt freshman Zac Veatch was the tight end, though fullback Jeremy Seaton lined up there a little. And the results were solid. In seven running plays with three wide receivers and a tight end, the Cowboys gained 41 yards and scored two touchdowns. Chelf also threw a 6-yard TD pass to Tracy Moore out of that formation.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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