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November 20, 2012

OSU finding short-yardage success with new formation

STILLWATER — Throughout the season, Oklahoma State University coach Mike Gundy has discussed his team struggling in short yardage situations. Saturday against Texas Tech, Gundy found his answer.

The staff created a package for redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, called J-Dub by teammates, who ran for one touchdown and threw for another in a 59-21 victory. Hence, the Dubtruck formation was born.

“(Walsh) gave us an edge on short-yardage and goal line. We’ve not been very good on short-yardage and goal line here for three years” Gundy said. “So we’re trying to work through it and find ways to become a better short-yardage/goal line team in our system and he allowed us to improve by his running ability.”

Walsh was thought to be out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Iowa State, but showed the crowd of over 55,000 that he was perfectly fine with a four-yard run for a first down. On second-and-goal from the two, Walsh completed a pass to Kye Staley for Oklahoma State’s first touchdown. The redshirt freshman said it was nice to be back on the field after missing the last three games.

“It felt amazing to get out there for a little bit and contribute to the team,” Walsh said. “It’s fun to play the game. Any chance I get, even if it’s just to hand the ball off it’s still fun to get out there any way I can.”

Gundy said Walsh showed him and the staff he could play during Wednesday’s practice.

“He ran really well Wednesday in practice,” Gundy said. “At that point we felt comfortable with him being able to play at a high level with speed and being able to take a hit.”

In the second quarter, Walsh ran for a touchdown to up the Cowboys’ lead to 27-7. Walsh handed off to Joseph Randle for a touchdown in the third quarter. The redshirt freshman quarterback said the coaches had a great game plan.

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