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.
RUN GAME: C
OSU tailbacks combined for 74 yards on 26 carries. That's the kind of production the Cowboys had early in the season. Jeremy Smith's 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the lone double-digit gain by an OSU tailback. But KU loaded the box after the first couple of series and dared the Cowboys to throw. Soon enough, OSU was content to run it anyway, since the Jayhawks posed little threat to win.
The Cowboys trotted out the black/black/gray combination for the first time in the new-uniform era. Flat black helmets, black jerseys with orange trim and gray pants with orange and black stripes. Not a good look. Sort of like the businessman who wears brown shoes with black sportcoat and black slacks. Just doesn't fit.
DEFENSIVE STINGINESS: A
Kansas penetrated the OSU 20-yard line only thrice and settled for field goal tries all three times, making two. But even more impressive, KU reached Cowboy territory eight times in 16 possessions but never was much of a threat to score.
MILITARY TRIBUTE: A
The OSU band celebrated Veteran's Day with a medley of armed forces songs, complete with formations of a tank, a jet and a ship. Nicely done.
In a game that had a humdrum buildup and then got boring quick, the Cowboys still maintained their concentration. No fumbles. Only one of Clint Chelf's 37 passes came close to being intercepted. And the Cowboys had just three penalties – a block in the back on a punt return, a defensive offsides and a personal foul on a punt.