STILLWATER — Starting their third different quarterback of the season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t appear to miss a beat as Clint Chelf lead OSU to a hard-fought 55-34 victory over West Virginia at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“I’m very proud of Clint Chelf. I think he did a great job. He handled himself well. He handled our offense and made plays,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
Chelf’s first big play of the game came as a blocker. On a reverse to Josh Stewart, the Enid native put down a block to spring Stewart out of the backfield for a 46-yard touchdown run.
“It just shows you how much of a team player he is,” Stewart said. “Not too many quarterbacks are going to throw their body out there like that. And he definitely did that. It’s a good feeling knowing you’ve got a quarterback who is willing to block for you.”
Chelf connected with Stewart for the game’s second touchdown, a 21-yard pass with plenty of time in the pocket, that capped a nine-play, 68-yard drive with three minutes left in the opening quarter. But it wasn’t until later in the game that the Cowboy coaching staff let Chelf loose in the passing game.
The junior from Enid threw just 11 passes in the first half — completing nine for 142 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, Chelf tossed 20 passes and completed 13 to finish the game with 292 yards and four touchdowns.
“We wanted to try to get his feet wet and get him going. He has played well. If we would have known what we know now, we probably would have opened up the game a little differently,” Gundy said. “We wanted to get him comfortable. I’m pleased with the way he handled the offense.”