Oklahoma State is still sputtering in the passing game. But the Cowboys found a running back and continued to get strong play from the defense in their rout in Ames.
Berry Tramel column on how the Cowboys are still searching for answers at quarterback.
Story from yours truly about Desmond Roland’s big day.
Story from John Helsley about OSU’s big-play defense, including some funny quotes and great insight from Tyler Johnson and Justin Gilbert.
Lots of news and notes here, including how the Cowboys made second-half adjustments to stop Iowa State’s option game.
Berry’s report card includes Mike Yurcich, the Cowboy defense and the team’s bad luck with buses in Ames.
Who knew 32 would be such a prominent number in this game?
Charlie Moore says the Cowboys knew all week that Clint Chelf would start at quarterback.
Answering the three questions
1. How to the Cowboys manage the quarterbacks?
Chelf, as expected, started. And struggled, completing just 10 of 25 passes for 78 yards. OSU opted not to use J.W. Walsh’s specialty package in short-yardage and goal-line situations, though coach Mike Gundy said after the game that he thought they’d play both quarterbacks more. Walsh did come in for mop-up duty, misfiring on his only pass attempt and carrying the ball once for 10 yards.
2. Who plays running back?
The question all week leading up to the game was this: Jeremy Smith or Rennie Childs? Turns out it was neither. Roland, who had been used sparingly during the past two games, had a breakout performance with more than 200 yards and four touchdowns. Certainly the surprise of the game.
3. Who punts and kicks off?
Kip Smith was back after leaving the TCU game with an apparent leg injury. He averaged 41.9 yards on seven punts and had six touchbacks on 10 kickoffs. Keep in mind how much the wind affected the kicking game on this day.
Roland’s 58-yard run, which included a slew of broken tackles, pushed OSU’s lead to a comfy 38-20. Great power. Great vision. Great blocking, both up front and down the field.
Player of the Game
OSU next travels to Lubbock to face Texas Tech, which lost a 38-30 thriller to Oklahoma in Norman Saturday.