Oklahoma State report card: Mostly high marks for Cowboys in pedestrian rout of Kansas

by Berry Tramel Published: November 9, 2013

OSU's 42-6 rout of Kansas was primarily pedestrian – take care of business, don't get anybody hurt and get ready for Texas. And the grades reflect it.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL: A

Clint Chelf took the Cowboys 80 yards in 11 plays and scored a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the first half. OSU had produced TDs in the final minute of the first half against Texas-San Antonio and Kansas State, but that was with J.W. Walsh at quarterback. This was Chelf's best late-in-the-half drive. He completed five of 10 passes, including two third-and-long conversions, plus a fade route to Tracy Moore for a four-yard touchdown.

1988 TRIBUTE: B

It was great to have the 1988 squad back. The players in attendance were honored on the field at halftime. '88 coach Pat Jones was not in attendance but gave a solid video speech, telling his players to “stay connected” and “never forget what we accomplished.” But the players were not individually introduced, which was a shame. Their names instead appeared on the video board.

DEFENDING THE OPTION: C

The Jayhawks threw not only the new-age shotgun option at OSU's defense, but the old pitchout option, with freshman quarterback Montell Cozart. The Jayhawks dented OSU for some big gains, but the Cowboys made a halftime adjustment and better contained an attack rarely seen these days.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: A

Country singer Trace Adkins, a guest of Boone Pickens and a former defensive end at Louisiana Tech, crooned “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and it was well done. A good country baritone is never out of place in Stillwater.

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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...
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