After a week of Spots Illustrated accusations and allegations, Oklahoma State finally played a football game Saturday night, its first at home since mid-November.
And the result was largely what we all expected, a 59-3 whooping of Football Championship Subdivision opponent Lamar.
Saturday was more than a game. It was a release for Cowboy Nation.
After three games, Oklahoma State has lived up to its expectation to win the Big 12. Not just because of what the Cowboys have done, but because of what the rest of the league has done.
More on the fan experience Saturday. It was certainly unique.
News and notes from the game, including why Sports Illustrated questions were not welcomed during the postgame press conference.
Report card: J.W. Walsh’s performance got a B, third-down defense an A
By the numbers: Six different Cowboys scored against Lamar
Quoteboard: What they’re saying about OSU-Lamar
Answering the three questions
1. Is this Savannah State, part deux?
It wasn’t nearly that bad. Starters still played in the second half, but this game was over early. Plenty of backups and walk-ons got on the field, including guys like DeShawn Franklin, Bryant Reber, Beniah Harrigan, Kevin King and Deonte Cruse.
2. Which way does the offensive pendulum swing?
This wasn’t exactly a crisp offensive performance, especially considering the competition. But OSU was balanced, tallying 38 carries for 155 yards and 36 pass attempts for 271 yards. J.W. Walsh finished with seven carries for 45 yards while completing 17 of his 30 throws for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
3. How does the defense continue to develop?
If not for an interception by Walsh late in the first half, which set up Lamar’s field-goal attempt as the clock expired, this defense likely would have completed the shutout. Receiver Reggie Begelton totaled 10 catches, but just 48 yards.
Josh Stewart’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown didn’t swing momentum — it was already firmly in OSU’s favor — but it was the highlight play of the night. Good blocks, good moves in the open field, good speed down the sideline.
Player of the game
Stewart racked up 176 all-purpose yards: 13 rushing, 49 receiving, 114 punt return.
The Cowboys have a bye this week before opening Big 12 play at West Virginia on Sept. 28.