By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
Upended by turnovers and special teams woes, Oklahoma State fell 44-30 in Manhattan on Saturday night. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Backed up near his end zone late in the first half and trailing by only seven, Wes Lunt had a chance (with a long drive) to completely shift momentum toward the Cowboys and put a halftime scare in the Manhattan crown. Instead, he did the opposite, throwing a bad pick-six (his third in four starts). Oklahoma State was never again within single-digits.
It was over when…
…Wes Lunt tossed his third interception of the game, floating an errant red zone pass early in the third quarter to squash a long OSU drive. Kansas State proceeded to take the turnover and march down the field for a touchdown and 21-point lead, while Lunt, who was hit hard on the intercepted throw, went to locker room with concussion-like symptoms.
Trending upward – Clint Chelf’s quarterbacking
Can’t say enough about the junior’s relief performance. When many thought it was over (see above), he at least provided brief hope. In less than a half, Chelf threw for 233 yards and a touchdown. His late interception officially sealed the Cowboys’ third loss, but it was one of the few mistakes OSU’s junior made. On the road against the nation’s #2 team (could be #1 by tomorrow night), Chelf showed confidence and poise in an environment that would rattle most. If Wes Lunt can’t go next weekend (or even if he can), Chelf will get the nod. And OSU fans will feel be fine with that.
Trending downward – Wes Lunt’s quarterbacking
Understand the circumstances before you judge him too harshly. A 19-year-old on the road in primetime against a national championship level team. The brief positives were good, the three interceptions were worse. Oklahoma State fans hoped (and were told) he was a true freshman that played like a seasoned veteran. He’s not. He’s a true freshman playing like one, with a lot of talent and a lot to learn.
Tweet of the game
Not impressed with Wes Lunt
Impressed with Clint Chelf
Stat of the game
Collin Klein was responsible for six points (a third-quarter rushing touchdown), while Kansas State scored 44. He’s a legit Heisman candidate — the current favorite — but other Wildcat players often get overlooked. Like the talented return man, who took one kick to the house and threatened to take a few more. Or the lockdown corner who intercepted three passes.
“The way Clint Chelf is throwing the football, this thing’s not over,” -Kirk Herbstriet, late in the fourth quarter, as Chelf was slinging it around. That comment was actually made. And it was well-deserved.
Oklahoma State has two home games coming up — against West Virginia and Texas Tech — that suddenly look very winnable, regardless of the quarterback.
Video of the game
It wasn’t all bad for Lunt. This was a great pass, on Oklahoma State’s first drive, from one 19-year-old true freshman to another.