Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
MSU 3, OSU 21—Final
After a slow start, No. 13 Oklahoma State defeated Mississippi State behind a great defensive effort.
Led by new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, OSU only allowed MSU to convert on 2 of 16 third downs and forced two turnovers.
Furthermore, amid the offense's early struggles, OSU may have found their starting quarterback in J.W. Walsh. In relief of Clint Chelf, Walsh ran for 118 yards and passed for 135 yards.
As a team OSU rushed for 276 yards on the day.
OSU will play the University of Texas at San Antonio next Saturday, and MSU will play Alcorn State.
2013 Season Outlook.
Expect OSU to contend for the Big 12 title in the wide open conference.
MSU entered the game as a middle-tier SEC team and left the game in an even worse predicament. With Tyler Russell's unknown injury status, the Bulldogs may find themselves at the bottom of the SEC West standings.
Goat of the Game
Dan Mullen's Bulldogs simply didn't look prepared to face a running quarterback like Walsh.
Furthermore, his questionable play calls and decisions on third and fourth downs throughout the game wasted a valiant performance from that very defense.
Yes, OSU has a new defensive coordinator but not all new players. OSU didn't go from defensive patsies to elite defenders in a year's time.
Mullen's conservative play calls doomed the MSU offense and enabled OSU to thrive defensively.
Player of the Game
J.W. Walsh sparked the OSU offense with his dual-threat abilities.
He ran for 118 yards and passed for 135.
His play all but assured that he would be the starting quarterback going forward for the Cowboys, as his main competition, Clint Chelf, only finished with 10 passing yards.
MSU 3, OSU 21—Final
J.W. Walsh breaks a long run on the game's final play. What a fitting end.
From the look of OSU's schedule, the Cowboys won't be challenged again until they meet up with TCU in October.
OSU might not actually give up a touchdown in this game. Who pictured that happening?
While the Cowboys have this game all but tied up, their offense's fast tempo has been nonexistent nearly the entire contest.
Jeremy Smith is getting stronger as the game progresses. He's approaching 100 yards rushing on the day.
That field-goal attempt by MSU wasn't even close. Just not the Bulldogs' day today.
Mullen actually goes with a short-yardage play on 4th-and-1. Why didn't you call plays like that in the first half?
What quarterback competition?
Walsh has 238 total yards and a touchdown.
Chelf has 10 total yards.
Tyler Russell is out for the remainder of the game with a head injury, according to ESPN_SEC.
MSU 3, OSU 21
Jeremy Smith runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
Ten carries for 72 yards and two scores on the day for Smith.
OSU outgained MSU 200 to 10 in total yardage during the third quarter. Yikes!
OSU got away with pass interference right there, or holding at the very least.
MSU backup quarterback Dak Prescott is warming up as MSU trainers evaluate Russell.
Penalties are keeping MSU in this game.
If OSU would stop with the penalties, its offensive tempo could start to wear out MSU's defense.
Has MSU ever heard of a quarterback spy?
Ok St announcer said after Ok St TD, "They don't have running QB's in the SEC, it's foreign to them."— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) August 31, 2013
Walsh's running ability brings another element to OSU's offense.
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