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Oklahoma State football: Clint Chelf finds himself

COMMENTARY — OSU QB shakes off a couple of miscues and leads Cowboys to a win over Texas Tech
by Berry Tramel Published: November 2, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas — Hey, I remember you. A playmaking OSU quarterback.

Hey, I remember you. A Big 12 title contender wearing bright orange.

On a windy Saturday night in this western outpost of the Big 12, OSU football went back in time. Back to 2012, when the Cowboys routinely got quality quarterbacking. Back to 2011, when the Cowboys won the Big 12 with a series of impressive road wins.

Clint Chelf led 18th-ranked OSU to a 52-34 rout of 15th-ranked Texas Tech in a game that reminded Middle America not to sleep on the Cowboys as a Fiesta Bowl possibility.

OSU has been playing good defense all season long, found a running game a week ago in Iowa and Saturday night found the quarterback they've been seeking all season long.

Chelf threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and kept OSU's offense humming enough to stay ahead of the frenetic Red Raiders.

This was the Chelf we saw down the stretch last season, when he rose from third-teamer to campus hero in producing point totals worthy of OSU's offensive reputation.

“His leadership out there, his overall game management, it's nice to have that experience,” said Cowboy offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

Chelf wasn't perfect. He threw two horrible interceptions; right-at-a-black-shirt passes that could have tipped this game the other way. But Chelf shook off those crimes and stayed heady and productive.

“Glaring mistake when you throw it to the other team,” Gundy said. “If it's not for that, everybody's saying, ‘Hey, he played a great game.' But for the most part, he made some big plays. Continues to run the ball effectively. He played pretty good tonight.”

Chelf was much improved over the previous two games, when he regained the job from J.W. Walsh yet completed less than 40 percent of his passes and had some of us clamoring for Gundy to go back to Walsh. Against Tech, Chelf completed 18 of 34, which is 53 percent and in the Chelf neighborhood of last season.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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