Not since the Mike Leach era has an OSU vs. TTU game been this intense. Due primarily to my geographic nearness to Texas Tech and the overwhelming fan support they enjoy in my hometown, I was emotionally invested in this game - to the point of having pregame butterflies. I was determined to watch the game live - no recording something this important - and by the time OSU scored to make it 21-0, the dog was awake and howling (literally) by my side. We’re both lucky to have made it through the second quarter alive, but as the last seconds ticked off the clock, the realization dawned that Tech was going down and not even the Pirate himself could save them. Order has been restored to the universe.
In any case, it’s time to hand out a few grades. I toyed briefly with the notion of assigning 5 stars across the board, but I decided it might be best to print the statistics, cut them into small pieces, feed them backwards into a scanner, and subject them to fractal analysis (YMMV). Results below...
While the final stats won’t win many Big 12 beauty pageants, the Oklahoma State offense was determined and efficient. Overall, the offense seemed to click for the first time all year. Chelf resembled last year’s version of himself (#CCCMFC !!) and masterfully managed the game. In what can only be a seen as an #okstate rendition of the Harmonic Convergence, the receivers made plays, the running backs ran hard, and Yurcich called great plays - all in the same game.
To no one’s surprise, establishing the run was key. The following table shows rushing yards and points scored by quarter:
While the yards to points correlation does not necessarily imply causation, it’s clear that when OSU ran the ball effectively, the offense scored in bunches. More than any one thing, the emergence of the run game has sparked the OSU offense.