The Oklahoma State Cowboys headed to Austin on Saturday with a huge opportunity to get themselves into the Big 12 title race for real. To do that, they would have to beat the Texas Longhorns who came into the game undefeated in conference play. The Pokes prevailed in a 38-13 blowout thanks to a dominant performance from quarterback Clint Chelf who carried the Cowboys back into the thick of the conference title race.
Chelf finished the day completing 16-of-22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 95 yards and another two touchdowns. He paced the OSU offense which consistently drove down the field all day long and put plenty of distance between the Cowboys and Longhorns down the stretch. His 300-plus yards of total offense were more than enough for the Cowboys to leave Austin with a convincing win.
With Chelf rounding into form under center, Oklahoma State has a strong chance to finish the season strong and play a major part in deciding the Big 12 championship. At 6-1 in conference play, Oklahoma State is now just a game back of the Baylor Bears for the conference title with a trip to Waco coming up next week. The opportunity is there for the Cowboys to make a push for the conference crown and earn their spot in the BCS this January.
While things got off to a slow start offensively for Oklahoma State, Chelf is coming on for the Cowboys’ offense at just the right time. If he continues to lead the offense at this pace, OSU is a serious contender for Big 12 champion.