Oklahoma State Stumbles, Recovers to Beat Mississippi State

Oklahoma State Stumbles, Recovers to Beat Mississippi State

The Oklahoma State Cowboys started their 2013 season in Houston, TX against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Reliant Stadium. Cowboys fans were given a huge scare at first, but quickly came together to prove they deserve the #13 ranking. They won 21-3.

It will be interesting to see if Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy will keep their two quarterback system. No one really knows exactly how he intended to use both, but quarterback Clint Chelf only lasted two series. He went 3/6 for 11 yards. Gundy put in J.W. Walsh and he stayed in for the rest of the game. He ended the game 18/27 with 135 yards.

Yet, Walsh was more impressive with his legs than his arm. He carried the ball for 13 carries for 125 yards. In fact, he averaged 9.6 yards per carry. He also scored a rushing touchdown. Running back Jeremy Smith scored the other two touchdowns. He had 15 carries for 102 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry.

The Cowboys defense tried so hard to help their offense, but they just could not click in the first half. The defense was able to keep the Bulldogs to only a field goal and Justin Gilbert caught an interception. They only had 67 yards with less than four yards remaining, but then Walsh gained 46 yards and set up the Cowboys for a touchdown with 2:16 left in the half.

The Cowboys carried the momentum into the second half and scored on their first possession in the third quarter. Smith ran in the ball at the 1-yard line to put the Cowboys up 14-3. The offense worked together to keep their defense off the field. This allowed the defense to stop the Bulldogs, even at the end of the fourth. They went 57 yards down the field, but the Cowboys stopped any scoring attempt. This is how impressive the defense was for the team:

The last time the Cowboys dominated with their defense was in 1995.

At the press conference Gundy said Walsh will start against UTSA next weekend.