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OSU's depth on display in win over Kansas State

Oklahoma State used its entire arsenal to beat Kansas State on Saturday.
BY GINA MIZELL Modified: November 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm •  Published: November 6, 2011

Then there's Tracy Moore, who consistently got open in the middle of the field in the first half and finished with a career-high 146 receiving yards when fellow inside receiver Josh Cooper was unable to play because of a hamstring injury.

Or Alex Elkins, who had a team-high 13 tackles and made an impact play in the fourth quarter when he wrestled John Hubert down in the backfield after receiving an option pitch.

Or the special teams combination of Quinn Sharp and Kyle Hale, who pinned K-State at its own 1-yard line on its first drive of the game, which ended in a Klein fumble and led to OSU's first touchdown.

The collective effort was needed with the Cowboys facing real adversity for the first time since they were down 17 points at Texas A&M more than a month ago.

That win in College Station is regarded as a defining moment of the season because it showed the Cowboys' ability to respond after falling behind. Saturday's crazy contest should be put in the same category because it showed OSU's ability to respond again and again whenever it looked like K-State would dash the Cowboys' national title dreams.

“I just don't know that there's going to be many teams that can make it through until the end that don't have some close calls,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “It's just the way it is. You're just kind of glad to get out of it and go down the road.”

To survive those games, and compete for championships, a team needs depth. It needs confidence. It needs leadership.

The Cowboys keep showing they have all of the above.