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No. 21 Oklahoma St gets 24-10 win over TCU
OKLAHOMA ST 24, TCU 10
By ALEX ABRAMS
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Mike Gundy thought he had resolved his
quarterback situation in the offseason and then again after the
Turns out, the Oklahoma State coach isn't done dealing with a
quarterback controversy just yet.
Clint Chelf made a case Saturday for why he should again be the
starter, completing 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards with one
interception as No. 21 Oklahoma State pulled out a 24-10 win
The senior, playing in his final homecoming game, replaced
starter J.W. Walsh after the sophomore threw his second
interception of the first half, an ill-advised throw into the
middle of the end zone.
Chelf responded after having his first pass intercepted and led
the Cowboys on back-to-back scoring drives to help them build a
17-0 halftime lead.
TCU (3-4, 1-3) also switched quarterbacks in the second quarter,
but it didn't help as the Horned Frogs struggled in their second
trip to Stillwater in as many years.
"We felt like we needed a spark on offense and so we made a
change and played Clint," Gundy said. "So we'll evaluate our
offense this week and our game plan for the next team and decide
which direction we want to go."
Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard
punt return for a touchdown, giving Oklahoma State enough
offense to overcome four turnovers and a pair of missed field
"We doubled him, we played over the top of him and he still
found ways to get there," TCU coach Gary Patterson said of
Oklahoma State had hoped to get off to a fast start following
its second bye week in a month, but other than Stewart, things
didn't go well at first.
Stewart did everything he could in the first half, catching
eight passes for 106 yards and giving the Cowboys a 7-0 lead
with his 95-yard punt return toward the end of the first
quarter. He fielded the punt at the 5-yard line, darted across
midfield and made several nice cuts on his way to the longest
punt return in Oklahoma State history.
Stewart finished with 265 all-purpose yards, with 124 yards
coming on punts to go along with his 141 yards receiving.
Afterward, Gundy said it would be hard to disagree with the
statement that Stewart was the "best player on the field"
"When you hear stuff all week about the level of secondary you
will be playing against, it makes me want to make plays for my
team," Stewart said. "I had opportunities, and I just made the
best of them."
Walsh finished 9-for-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions, but
his status as Oklahoma State's starting quarterback remains in
Chelf beat out Walsh to start Oklahoma State's season-opening
win over Mississippi State, and he might get another chance to
lead the Cowboys' high-powered offense.
"There were a couple of throws that didn't look good, but I
think there was a reason for that," Gundy said of Chelf's
performance. "Overall, I thought he managed the game pretty
Patterson decided to make his own quarterback change in the
second quarter after watching his offense struggle while falling
behind by 17. Sophomore Trevone Boykin completed only 5 of his
first 13 passes for 27 yards with two interceptions, but
redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews couldn't provide consistency.
Matthews fumbled on his first play under center and failed to
complete his only pass. Boykin returned to the lineup to start
the second half, but he appeared to struggle with an injury and
finished 17-of-35 for 188 yards and three interceptions.
The Horned Frogs got within 17-10 when Waymon James slipped past
Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and scored on a
14-yard touchdown with 7:39 remaining.
However, Rennie Childs' first career touchdown on a 7-yard run
with 6:04 remaining ended TCU's hopes of sparking a second-half
"When you play at somebody else's place, you have to play to
win," Patterson said. "We hadn't been down there (in the red
zone) very often, but when you get down there, you have to get
more than three points."
The Horned Frogs briefly found an offensive rhythm when Boykin
connected with Deante' Gray for a 69-yard reception with less
than four minutes left in the third quarter. But TCU lost two
yards on its next three plays and had to settle for a 35-yard
field goal that cut Oklahoma State's lead to 17-3.
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