AUSTIN, Texas —
“Gilbert’s interception was huge. It just turned the tide so fast,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Our players have been opportunistic. I think it’s because of their tighter coverage and we’re more athletic on defense than we’ve ever been and we’re deeper than we ever have been, so we can keep our guys fresh and let them run to the ball more.”
The Cowboys had gotten out to an early 14-3 lead on the legs of Chelf, who finished with a game-high 95 yards rushing. Utilizing the draw in the opening drives of the game, the senior from Enid scored on runs of 18 and 4 yards to give OSU the advantage.
Texas came out in the second half with a game plan to slow Oklahoma State’s running attack, which forced the Cowboys to return to the air. So Chelf kept pace by completing 16 of 22 for 197 yards — and hooked up with Charlie Moore late in the third quarter for the game’s final score.
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