The Pokes put the ghost of 2011 behind them and kept their Big 12 and National Title hopes alive. Let's discuss who the Player of The Game was for Week 11.
J.W. Walsh - Walsh didn't have a crazy statistical game but showed his hearty leadership once again as the Cowboys rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the pesky Cyclones. His 16-yard touchdown run and shushing of the crowd (and his 4th grade teacher?) seemed to give this team the final boost it needed to get over the hump and secure the victory. When this team needs a leader he steps up. I'm going to enjoy the heck out of this dude for the next (hopefully four) games and hope he gets a sixth year of eligibility.
The game tonight was pretty much the exact opposite of 2011. Brutal start, close like a boss. Shhhh! pic.twitter.com/st1lNAdv0Y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 15, 2015
Marcel Ateman - Ateman was the man Saturday. On a day when James Washington struggled, Ateman took the reigns and made big play after big play. Let's hope we see more of this against Baylor:
Ateman for 6. Pokes answer. https://t.co/QtoJfLgC4E— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 14, 2015
His eight catches for 132 yards and one (so close to two) touchdowns were massive for the Pokes. Ateman and Washington give the Cowboys two outside receiving threats that will continue to open things up for Glidden and the "Cowboy Backs" underneath.
Chris Carson - Carson was expected to show up on campus and wreck shop as the starting running back this season. He hasn't quite had the impact that I'm sure he and the fans had hoped. However, he showed up big time in Ames. He gave the offense the running look that has been missing most of the season. His 12 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown were his most since the UTSA game. It wasn't just the numbers, it was the physical style (see below!) he ran with that gave the offense a touch of physicality that can go missing at times. Let's hope this is the start of a good run for Carson and the Cowboys running game.
Emmanuel Ogbah - Ogbah put together another great game and stepped up when the team needed a big defensive stop once again. He recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a quarterback hurry against Iowa State. Both his sacks came on third down. With the two sacks he became the NCAA's active leader in sacks with 26 career sacks. Ogbah has been snubbed by many of the defensive award finalist lists, a decision I'm sure they will regret at season's end.
Jordan Sterns - Sterns hasn't had to register as many tackles this season thanks to the improved defense in front of him but when he is needed he steps up. His eight tackles were a team high and his interception put the Cowboys in victory formation. Sterns is a stud. He shows up every week and balls the heck out.
Everything is in front of this team, on to Baylor. Vote below and watch for the results later this week!