Perhaps the only bright spot of OSU’s offensive performance Saturday was the re-emergence of receiver Tracy Moore, who was clearly an intended target early and often for J.W Walsh. He finished with five catches for 89 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said last week that defenses sometimes focused on taking Moore out of the game in the early season. But Moore revealed Monday that some nagging minor injuries, none that had to do with his season-ending ankle injury from last season, played a part in his lack of production.
“Just not being 100 percent those first three games, I didn’t want to push it,” Moore said. “I actually took myself out those second two games and didn’t play too much. I don’t really blame anybody for not being as productive, but now that I’m 100 percent, it’s definitely gonna change from here on out.”
Moore said that receivers coaches Kasey Dunn and Jason Ray, coordinator Mike Yurcich and Gundy all stressed that Moore needed to get more involved in the offense against West Virginia. Yurcich designed plays to get him the ball. And the Mountaineers’ scheme to play a lot of man coverage also helped him get open.
Moore could be needed even more Saturday against Kansas State, as the health of OSU’s top two receivers, Josh Stewart and Jhajuan Seales, is in question after both left the West Virginia game with apparent head injuries.