Apologize that this is getting posted in the afternoon. But I’ll try to make this blog a next-day staple after every game. Then, later in the week, I’ll go a little bit deeper in our weekly Film Study series.
Answering the three questions
1. Will the receivers get more involved?
Um, yes. That perception that OSU had suddenly morphed into a running team with J.W. Walsh as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback lasted…one week. Walsh distributed the ball quickly and crisply to a variety of receivers. Jhajuan Seales led the Cowboys with seven catches, while Josh Stewart had a team-high 97 yards. Six Cowboys total had at least three catches. Six caught one touchdown pass. And this is a group that is still waiting for Austin Hays, who was a projected starter, to return from a hamstring injury.
2. Will the Cowboys get off to a faster start?
Again, yes. The Cowboys forced UTSA to go three-and-out on its first drive, then answered with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive on their first offensive possession. The Roadrunners tied the game on their next drive, but OSU came back with 35 unanswered points to take a 42-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
3. Which reserves get solid playing time?
With this game long decided before the fourth quarter began–plenty. Clint Chelf went 11-of-16 for 192 yards and two touchdowns in his first action since getting benched in favor of Walsh. Zack Craig got lots of playing time in place of an injured Shamiel Gary and recorded a team-high seven tackles and two pass breakups. True freshmen Jordan Sterns, Rennie Childs and redshirt freshmen Seth Jacobs, Victor Irokansi, Paul Lewis, Dominic Ramacher and Eric Davis all made their OSU debuts Saturday. Sterns made the biggest statistical imapact, recording four tackles.
After UTSA ignited the Alamodome crowd with a 13-play, 71-yard drive to tie the score at 7 late in the first quarter, OSU responded with a seven-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that lasted just 2:08. Walsh found Brandon Sheperd in the end zone for a 19-yard score. The game was never close again after that.
Player of the Game: J.W. Walsh
More touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three). Case closed.