STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Oklahoma State football team may have come out on top of a 33-29 chess match against Kansas State Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium but one question will still linger as the Cowboys go into the bye week.
What’s wrong with the offense?
Three times the Oklahoma State defense turned the ball over inside the Kansas State 35-yard line. Three times the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.
“We need to become a better football team from the 7-yard line in,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “That’s a fact. The defense gave us plenty of opportunities to score touchdowns and maybe put the game out of reach against a team that in our opinion might not be a great two-minute offensive team, but we didn’t take advantage of that.”
Oklahoma State did rack up 330 yards of offense — well below the 474 it had been averaging coming into Saturday’s game. But when the Cowboys needed to sustain a drive, the offense finally answered the call — recording four first downs en route to Charlie Moore’s go-ahead touchdown with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter.
“It just showed the maturity of our team,” Oklahoma State sophomore quarterback J.W. Walsh said. “We were stagnant, not being able to move the ball. Then when we really needed it everyone stepped up and made plays.”
But in truth, Oklahoma State shouldn’t have been in that situation to begin with. While Gundy said he was pleased with Walsh’s ability to throw the ball compared to last week against West Virginia, the running game left something to be desired.
The Cowboys only rushed for 85 yards, the second time Oklahoma State has been held under the century mark this season. Of those three short drives, Oklahoma State ran the ball five times with little success.