STILLWATER — Perhaps it is a way to avoid headaches for his nearly 23-year-old quarterback fielding questions about his rise from the ashes for a second-straight season. But what it has created instead is headaches for other Cowboy players who must answer those questions in his absence – instead of talking about their opponent this week in Kansas.
“Clint’s a great player. He’s been big time since he came back,” Cowboy fullback Jeremy Seaton said. “We’ve definitely started clicking since he came back. ... Since he’s come back we’ve definitely been coming together more as a unit.”
According to his teammates, Chelf isn’t one to get rattled too easily. And he appeared to prove that Saturday against the Red Raiders.
The fifth-year senior shrugged off a pair of picks – one returned for a touchdown in the first half – on the road in front of a hostile crowd. The feather in his cap came after his second interception, in which he made the tackle to prevent the Red Raider defender from going nearly 70 yards for a touchdown.
He responded by leading the Cowboys on a momentum-crushing drive of 75 yards, capped with his second rushing touchdown from eight yards out on a third-and-1 play.
“He’s a great leader back there. He threw two picks and he didn’t ever get stressed out and kept us pushing and said he would make up for it and I feel that he made up for it,” running back Desmond Roland said of Chelf following Saturday’s game.