1. Kansas Isn't Good
If you're a KU fan and reading this, I'm sorry. I'm sorry because I'm not going to lie. At 0-7, the Jayhawks are staring down the barrel at one of the worst seasons in Big 12 history. They are likely the worst team in the country. At halftime, my dad texted me, saying this may be the worst team he's ever seen play Big 12 football. Now, they're undermanned, having only 40-something scholarship players and a young team under a first-year coach is hard. They may be a few years from being any good. Willis showed a few sparks of talent but obviously not enough to really do anything against a much better OSU team.
2. Mason Rudolph Is Good
He's done pretty well in his games at home. At home, Rudolph is 94-for-139 with 1,423 yards and eight touchdowns and two interceptions. That's 68 percent of his passes. I don't care who you're playing, that's pretty dang good. The thing is, he was also benched for a few quarters because they were blowouts (UTSA/KU) so it could be even worse.
3. Let Rudolph Play
Shoot, I like the Walsh package, I really do. But how many times are the Cowboys going to put him in the redzone before opposing teams realize what they're going to do? Rudolph needs some reps in the red zone. I know it's working for now, but what happens if OSU needs Rudolph to do it because Walsh is unable to go against OU or Baylor and Rudolph hasn't played in the Red Zone for two weeks? I think he'll be fine, but not playing in the red zone has to have some sort of effect on his play. Plus, he'd have at least two more touchdowns this week.
4. Defense, though.
I haven't looked at the stats. I was in the stands. But it seemed every drive Kansas had ended with a third and seven or more.
5. Thank you, Kansas
I didn't want to make this post about this. But I do want to thank Kansas. Coach David Beaty and the players/fans were class yesterday. With everything that was happening, some could have easily been worse. However, they came in, prayed with us and everything. Here's a tweet from their QB1:
Prayers to those at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade— Ryan Willis #1⃣3⃣ (@RyanWillis14) October 24, 2015
There was much more but we aren't going to make you look through all of them.
6. The Stands
Walking into the stadium, it was a different feeling. Something I'm not sure I've ever felt and something I'm sure I never want to feel again. It was quiet. It was confusing. I don't think anyone knew what to do. However, Larry Reece rallied the fans, all 59,486 of them for when the game started. The fans were great for the first two and a half quarters. When it got out of hand, of course it got quiet again, of course people began to leave. But this wasn't the day to go after any specific group for doing so. I think those who would have loved to be there would have been proud and happy of the Cowboys on and off the field.
7. Leaving Thoughts
We're going to leave this post with football thoughts. OSU is 7-0 for the first time since 2011, because that was the last time this school really had anything great other than a 10-3 2013. With Tech in our cross hairs and TCU possibly being a gameday, the season is really about to pick up some speed. We're going to learn a lot about the Cowboys next week, but we've been saying that for a while now. However, they're still undefeated and a top 10 team. The hope is still alive and the orange Kool-Aid is still being brewed. Oh and the catch by James Washington was as OBJ as we're going to get.