What Chelf was able to do, though, was put together drives for the Cowboy offense.
After his interception, Chelf led OSU on back-to-back scoring drives in the second quarter to give the Pokes a 17-0 lead. The senior signal caller also drove the Cowboys into field goal range right before halftime — but freshman Ben Grogan missed his second field goal from within 35 yards of the half.
“I thought he played good. I have to watch the tape. I know on the interception he threw, he got hit,” Gundy said of Chelf, who was not made available to the media following the victory. “There were a couple of throws that didn’t look good, but I think there were reasons for that. Overall, I thought he managed the game pretty well.”
Fortunately for Oklahoma State, TCU’s quarterback had just as many problems throwing the ball. The Horned Frogs weren’t able to take advantage of OSU’s slow start with their own quarterback, Trevone Boykin, throwing three interceptions, getting sacked twice, completing less than 50 percent of his passes — 17 of 35 for 188 yards — and fumbling the ball twice, though both times they were recovered by TCU.
On top of the three interceptions, the Oklahoma State defense also recovered a fumble by backup quarterback Tyler Matthews — who was in briefly for Boykin late in the first half.