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

by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2013

DEFENDING AMARO: C

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro had a monster game, with 15 catches for 174 yards. A series of crossing patterns, in which Amaro was one-on-one with a solitary Cowboy, often a linebacker, proved fruitful for Tech. But the Cowboys did a better job the longer the game went. Amaro had just seven catches for 56 yards in the second half.

KICKING GAME: A

OSU's special teams produced two of the game's biggest plays. Derek Branson's blocked punt set up a first-quarter touchdown that gave the Cowboys a 21-0 lead. And Josh Stewart's 46-yard punt return early in the third quarter re-ignited OSU, setting up an 11-yard touchdown drive. The Cowboys also played well a Tech trick – a cross-field lateral that was snuffed out. The Red Raiders produced no returns of any length.

OSU TRAVELING FANS: D

The Cowboys typically have several thousand fans for games in Lubbock. Not Saturday night. Less than 1,000 fans sat in the visitor's section of Jones Stadium, and there hardly was any orange sprinkled throughout the crowd.

FOURTH-DOWN OFFENSE: A

The Cowboys twice disdained a field goal on fourth-and-1 or fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Both times, OSU used unorthodoxy to score. The first time, OSU used a power formation, with two running backs, plus Seaton in a tight slot. Chelf rolled out and hit Seaton with a 1-yard touchdown pass. The next time, the Cowboys actually huddled, sauntered to the line of scrimmage but snapped the ball quickly. Roland easily burst to a two-yard TD run.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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 Oklahoman,...
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