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Chelf leads Oklahoma St to 42-6 win over Kansas
OKLAHOMA ST 42, KANSAS 6
By JOHN TRANCHINA
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- No. 15 Oklahoma State refused to
overlook an inferior opponent.
With three key Big 12 games beginning next week, it might have
been human nature to look past lowly Kansas, but the Cowboys
rolled 42-6 Saturday.
Clint Chelf completed 19 of 37 passes for 265 yards and three
touchdowns and Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100
yards for a touchdown as Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) won
its fifth straight game.
"It was a good win for our team," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said.
"I thought our defense was consistent in our play. Offensively,
we were good at times and very sluggish at times. We have a lot
of work ahead of us."
Next weekend, Oklahoma State plays at Texas, with subsequent
games against No. 5 Baylor and No. 12 Oklahoma.
The Cowboys already lost a game they were expected to win this
year, a 30-21 defeat at West Virginia back on Sept. 28, and they
were determined not to let it happen again.
"Coming off the West Virginia loss, that was a game we were
supposed to win," said receiver Tracy Moore, who caught six
passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns on virtually identical
fade passes. "Coach Gundy was telling us all week to stay
focused, ignore the record and realize Kansas is better than
people give them credit for. We came out ready to play."
The Cowboys overcame the loss of top receiver Josh Stewart, who
injured his leg on a punt return less than three minutes into
the game and did not return. Utilizing their depth, OSU had
eight different receivers make catches, including sophomore
David Glidden, who had a career-high six receptions for 73
"You're always trying to get Josh the ball, but you adapt and
you overcome," OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said.
"We're really proud of our team for responding, because one guy
goes down and then the next guy's got to step up. With a little
adversity comes some opportunity."
Montell Cozart threw for 58 yards while rushing for 55 on 18
carries for Kansas (2-7, 0-6), which lost its sixth in a row.
Tony Pierson returned from a three-game absence due to a
concussion and gained 87 yards on six rushes.
"Whenever Tony touches the ball and we get him in space, you can
see that's like our passing game," Kansas coach Charlie Weis
said. "That's where we get our chunks. He had two long runs -
that's like our form of throwing the ball down the field. And
when Cozart started playing more, he kind of bailed us out a
number of times in the run game."
Gilbert put the Cowboys ahead immediately, receiving the opening
kickoff in his own end zone and zig-zagging his way through
multiple defenders for the touchdown.
"When I first got the ball, I saw a big hole and I knew that's
where I was going from the beginning, so I hit it," said Gilbert
of the Cowboys' first kickoff return TD of the season. "We saw
on film that they didn't squeeze those gaps really well and we
did a good job of opening those gaps up."
Weis said: "Can you pick a worse way to start a game? It was
the absolute worst way," said Kansas coach Charlie Weis. "It was
deflating, but it was just the first play."
Aided by Kevin Peterson's interception and 38-yard return, the
OSU offense made it 14-0 on Desmond Roland's 3-yard run with
8:28 left in the first quarter.
Chelf connected with a wide open Roland for the 19-yard TD pass
with 9:25 remaining in the first half to make it 21-0.
"We worked that play all week," said Roland, who gained 44 yards
on 16 rushes. "(Receiver Charlie Moore) did a great job picking
up that safety that came under, and I was wide open."
The Cowboys extended their advantage to 28 points with just 15
seconds left before halftime, when Chelf lofted a fade pass to
the left corner of the end zone, where a leaping Tracy Moore
held on for a 4-yard touchdown.
"It's something me and Clint work on after practice," Moore said
of the fade passes. "It's kind of hard to simulate it in
practice, what you're going to get in a game, especially with a
guy that's 6-1 like the corner was tonight, but credit Clint, he
threw the ball well."
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