OKLAHOMA STATE VS. SAVANNAH STATE
LOCATION: STILLWATER / BOONE PICKENS STADIUM
09012012 - OPINION
Oklahoma State welcomed Savannah State to Boone Pickens Stadium with field temperature’s around 127 degrees. The ground game for the cowboys was about as hot as the field temperature, Joseph Randle had six carries for 107 yards. The rest of the backfield combined for 95 yeards in the first half, leading to a total of 202 yards on the ground. The cowboys ran for 7 touchdowns in the first half, tying a record of 7 rushing td’s set in 1977. Savannah State did not display any ability to generate any offense nor could they stop Oklahoma State. I dare say that the Orange & Black Game showed more tackles than Savannah attempted.
The biggest question about Oklahoma State this season was this a rebuilding year, or was it reloading year. The biggest key to answering the question is QB play. The Oklahoma State faithful wanted to see the debut of Wes Lunt. He was perfect in his brief, and I mean brief appearance. He went 11 for 11 for 129 yards. The rest of the time in the first half belong to Lunt’s apparent back-up JW Walsh. OSU racked a total of 49 points in the first half of the game. There was no questioning the dominance. The question of rebuild or reload will remain unanswered. Wes Lunt’s debut was perfect from a statistical performance, but it did not answer the question if he can complete a pass other than screen pass and 5 yards curls and quick slants in game situations. Its not the QB’s fault, he ran the play that was called. If you consider that Arizona is your road game next week, you should do more to get your young QB ready. Mike Gundy, is the head coach as OSU and deserves the benefit of the doubt, but it must be asked of him. Why no more of Lunt?
As the second half of the game began the OSU rushing attack posted 3 more rushing touchdowns. Three more great handoffs from Walsh, and extended the lead to 70-0. Its clear you want as a head coach, you want to protect your players and eliminate injuries, but its also about taking advantage, of the same.