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October 20, 2013

Chelf guides Cowboys over Frogs

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State is in the midst of yet another quarterback controversy following Saturday’s homecoming contest with Texas Christian University.

With starter J.W. Walsh struggling to move the ball at times — and being careless with the ball — Mike Gundy made the early decision to replace him with senior Clint Chelf, who had been replaced by Walsh after two series into the season.

“We felt like we needed a spark on offense so we made a change,” said Gundy, who pulled Walsh after three drives that resulted in two turnovers and a punt. “We played Clint, and we’ll evaluate our offense this week and our gameplan for the next team and decide which direction we want to go.”

After a rough first go for Chelf, he appeared to dust off the rust and lead the Cowboys to a 24-10 victory over the Horned Frogs.

Walsh threw his first interception on the opening drive of the game, when on third-and-10 with a TCU blitz forcing him to hurry the pass — and miscommunication on the rout by Josh Stewart — allowed Horned Frog safety Derrick Kendrid to step into the passing lane.

Walsh, who was not made available to the media following the contest, killed another scoring opportunity with OSU moving the ball down to the TCU 2-yard line. After recovering a fumbled snap on first down, Walsh threw into double coverage on second down and was intercepted in the end zone.

“It’s a combination of things. You’re planning against a team that has been very, very effective at stopping people and eliminating people from scoring points,” Gundy said of the decision to pull Walsh. “There’s just differences we feel like you have to attack them. In this game, Clint gave us some advantages in attacking their defense.”

Walsh finished the day going 9 for 18 with 115 yards and two interceptions. At first, Chelf didn’t fair much better, as his first throw was intercepted.

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