Here we are at halftime with the Cowboys leading the Mountaineers 23-10. Here are some thoughts from the first half.
- Brad Lundblade is a godsend.
After hearing Lundblade was going to be back this weekend, I was slightly worried that he wasn’t quite ready. This doesn’t appear to be the case. The Cowboys are averaging 4 YPC in the first half, and a big part of that starts with Lundblade and the offensive line.
- J.D. King is a BEAST
Man, this freshman can play. He reminds me of Chris Carson - strong runner, elusive and physical. I mean, look at the way he DECKED this poor DB.
J.D. King is a grown ass man (also a freshman). Watch Gundy at the end. pic.twitter.com/D1S3AnIqlQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 28, 2017
And then look at the combo of Lundblade and King on the touchdown to extend the lead to 23-3.
This guy is the BACKUP! Where are we at in society? pic.twitter.com/II07rKmTvl— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 28, 2017
At the half, King has 96 yards on 24 rushes. Losing Justice Hill sucks, but the depth in the backfield is really nice.
- This defense is muy bueno.
Let’s not be mistaken. This WVU offense can be lethal. The Cowboys held them to 10 points and two turnovers in the first half. The defensive line has been stifling and Glenn Spencer has every right to be ecstatic in the box.
Then there is this.
Key stat right now? Third-down conversions. OSU is 5 for 11, WVU is 0 for 6.— Neel Madhavan (@theneel64) October 28, 2017
After the horrible struggles to get off the field on third downs in the first half of the season, this is reassuring.
- Don’t let up.
The rain is about to start falling steadily in the second half.
The running game has been working, so don’t change it. However, don’t rely on it exclusively. Above all, TAKE CARE OF THE BALL. Ball security is job security (S/O to Billy Football and PMT). If the Cowboys can continue to play like they did in the first half and eliminate the turnovers, they could be set up in a good position.
Enjoy the second half!