The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

September 8, 2013

Walsh drops anvil on Roadrunners

SAN ANTONIO — A week after relying on J.W. Walsh’s legs in the season opener, the Oklahoma State football team turned to his arm.

And just like in the victory over Mississippi State, Walsh delivered as the Cowboys rolled to a 56-35 blowout of UTSA at the Alamodome.

In just over a half of work — playing in only the first drive of the second half due to the lopsided affair — the OSU redshirt sophomore completed 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns. The Roadrunners (1-1) did hold Walsh’s legs in check, as he had just five carries for 13 yards with a four-yard touchdown.

“We had a lot of stuff going for us today. With running that uptempo stuff and the defense is having trouble keeping up, a lot of things are going to work for you,” said Walsh, who actually played at the Alamodome in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl his senior year of high school. “When we’re moving fast like that, good things will happen for us.”

The 88.9 completion percentage by Walsh broke Brandon Weeden’s OSU record for completion percentage — which was previously 85.7 against Kansas in 2011.

“He did a lot more here than I’ve ever done, so I’m not going to give him a hard time, yet,” Walsh said. “Can’t say anything to him yet ... got a long way to go.”

For the second straight week the Cowboy defense held the opposing offense in check — that is until the backups came in.

After giving up a game-tying touchdown late in the first quarter, Oklahoma State (2-0) kept the Roadrunners out of the end zone until UTSA scored again within the first minute of the fourth quarter — to make it 42-14.

The Roadrunners had their chances to move the ball down the field, wracking up 504 yards of offense on 82 plays. But OSU’s top defense forced UTSA into four punts with the Roadrunners going 2 for 4 in the red zone through the first three quarters.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Posturing, predictions fly as conference plans for new season

    There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Roberson2 66ers heading south

    The last five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had an unsung hero in their rise to the top of the NBA. Along with the talents of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the franchise has had the services of one of the best developmental ...

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NHS at Midwest City 6 Point guard taking on a new role in Tigers’ summer basketball league

    It’s a summer of change for Norman High basketball....

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU dominates in preseason, receiving 47 of 56 first-place votes in early poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thunder V Denver Thunder add guard Morrow in deliberate, selective free agency

    Oklahoma City hasn’t been the busiest place during the NBA free agency period. However, it may have been among the pickiest. The Thunder officially signed free agent guard Anthony Morrow to a contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound ...

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo