STILLWATER, Okla. — Clint Chelf has had a small learning curve since talking over as the starting quarterback of the Oklahoma State football team. His first two starts were in front of the field home crowd of Boone Pickens Stadium, but the last two have been held in hostile environments.
Chelf admitted Saturday after OSU's 41-34 loss to Baylor just how different his last two starts (a pair of road losses) were in comparison to his first two (both home wins).
"There's a big difference between starting at home and starting on the road," said Chelf, the only OSU quarterback to start and finish in more than one road game this year. "The last two weeks on the road has taught me a lot about momentum swings and just playing to the crowd and not having the crowd. At home, you're able to feed off the crowd, but on the road you've got to feed off each other. That's a big learning experience for me."
Chelf has another new experience awaiting him. The Enid native and the Cowboy squad will take on a non-conference foe in a bowl game, though they must wait to find out which bowl they will playing in and spend a month preparing.
"I'd rather play tomorrow and get this bitter taste and just go back and keep fighting," Chelf said. "But it is good that we have another game, I know that. We'll just try to get better in this time and play whoever we end up playing."