The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 10, 2013

OSU receivers step up

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

STILLWATER — David Glidden did a football version of “Cowboy up’’ in Oklahoma State’s 42-6 victory over Kansas Saturday.

Glidden had career highs for both receptions (six) and yardage (72) after replacing an injured Josh Stewart early in the game. The win helped moved OSU  from No. 15 to No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press rankings.

“I was just trying to take advantage of the opportunity,’’ Glidden said. “I was just trying to make plays and do what I can.’’

When Stewart went down at the 12:43 mark of the first quarter, Glidden said the team’s response was “we all had to come together.’’

“You’re expected to step up and make plays,’’ he said. “I knew my role would increase a little bit. When your number is called, you try to make plays when you can. In my position in this offense, you expect to be the playmaker. It’s what you try to do.’’

His confidence and rhythm grew as the game went on,

“The more reps you get, the more you get in the flow and the more you get in the game,’’ he said. “You get a feel about how the defense is  ...  all the little things like that. The things you saw on film, you get a better understanding of. It’s just a good feeling when you get out there and make some plays.’’

Kansas chose to defend the run first, putting as many as eight men in the box. That motivated the Cowboy receivers for sure.

“The receivers took it personally,’’ said wide receiver Tracy Moore, who had six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns from Enid’s Clint Chelf. “We knew what they were going to do all week. We took it personal and went out and made plays.’’

Moore was not surprised by Glidden’s performance.

“When one of us goes down, there’s a guy coming in who is just as good,’’ he said. “There’s not much of a drop-off. Glidden got a chance to step up.’’

So did Moore.

“It’s more motivation for me to step up and the other guys to step up,’’ Moore said about Stewart’s injury. “When one guy goes down, two other guys have to step up. Hopefully, Josh won’t be gone long, but if not, somebody will step up and play.’’

Chelf, who again was off limits to the media after the game, was up-and-down, hitting 19 of 37 passes for 265 yards and three scores — 11 and four yards to Moore and 19 to Desmond Roland.

“I thought our passing game was all right, but I’ve got to watch the film to be 100 percent accurate with you,’’ said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “You’re never totally satisfied with those numbers, but we did what we had to do to win the game.

“Clint did a nice job. He made some critical throws. Our receivers, for the most part, did a good job of going up and getting the ball. We knew that was going to be a big part of the game. We were taking advantage of the one-on-one matchups and snatching the ball.’’

Chelf also had three carries for 21 yards, including a 20-yarder in the first period that got the Cowboys out of their end zone to the OSU 27.

“We were able to hit a couple of runs that were really explosions for us, especially coming out of our own end zone early in the game,’’ Yurcich said. “That was really critical. Clint kept the one zone read. I thought that was a really big play that sparked us.

He did not have a running play after the first series. He did not throw an interception and was sacked only once. He had four completions of 22 yards or better.

“He definitely threw the ball well,’’ Moore said of Chelf. “He could always throw better, but his throws were pretty good.’’

“Clint was seeing it,’’ Glidden said. “He’s been throwing it pretty good lately. When he gets in a rhythm, that’s when he’s at his best. He can really put it on the money. He’s a very accurate passer and did a great job.’’

Yurcich said the Cowboys kept things “pretty vanilla.’’ OSU only had 85 yards rushing, but the passing game made enough plays to secure an easy win.

“We knew we just had to secure the ball and do what we do; play pass and run the ball, and we did that. To a certain extent, I think there are still a lot of improvements to be made, too.’’

OSU head coach Mike Gundy said the offense “was good at times and sluggish at times.’’

“To be honest with you, we should have gone with two wide receivers and maximum protectors and just threw the ball down the field earlier. We didn’t, but they did a good job loading the box up and slowing down the run.’’

OSU returned a kickoff, punt, interception and a fumble for a touchdown after Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

“That’s something we had been wanting to do as a team,’’ Moore said. “They coach the special teams as hard as they do the offense and defense.’’

OSU-Texas kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.

STILLWATER (AP) — The Oklahoma State at Texas game has been scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Cowboys and Longhorns play Saturday in Austin, Texas, with the game to be broadcast on Fox (Channel 8, Suddenlink).

OSU is 8-1 overall and in second place in the Big 12 with a 5-1 record. Texas is 7-2 on the season and 6-0 in the Big 12.