Oklahoma State Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 9 Game vs. Iowa State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys were able to come away with a much-needed road victory over the Iowa State Cyclones this weekend behind the legs of junior running back Desmond Roland.
The Pokes hardly solved their quarterback issues, but they did run the ball effectively, and some of those passing struggles were affected by 20 mph winds during the game.
No one is ever going to be unhappy with a 58-27 win; however, the Cowboys certainly have some things to work on after this one.
Read on to find out the winners and losers from this week's contest between Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
Winner: Desmond Roland
Senior running back Jeremy Smith has largely struggled throughout the season in his starting role, and an injury last week against the TCU Horned Frogs opened the door for Desmond Roland to try his hand as Oklahoma State's primary ball carrier.
Consider that door slammed off its hinges.
All hyperbole aside, Roland performed admirably to the tune of 219 yards and four touchdowns. Needless to say, it's going to be hard for Smith to get his job back.
Obviously, all of this came against Iowa State, whose defense is solid, but not great.
It will be interesting to see how Roland and the offensive line perform over the next few weeks when the Pokes will play stiffer competition.
If they can churn out yardage like they did against ISU, that could give the passing attack more opportunities to attack deep and become the quick-strike offense OSU fans know and love.
Loser: Clint Chelf
As mentioned in the title slide, some of Clint Chelf's struggles can be attributed to the weather against Iowa State.
That said, the team needs him to throw for more than 78 yards if they plan on beating the better teams in the Big 12.
Chelf looked decent earlier and had some big runs throughout the game, but his overall performance left a lot to be desired.
Hopefully he'll figure it out next week when the Cowboys head to Lubbock to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Winner: Oklahoma State Defense
As Clint Chelf and the passing attack struggled, the Oklahoma State defense excelled at almost every level.
True, they gave up a few uncharacteristic big plays, but they made up for it with three huge takeaways.
This is the aggressive, attacking defense Cowboys' fans want to see.
They might give up a few scores and a large chunk of yardage; however, if they force three or more turnovers, the Pokes are probably going to win.
Loser: Big 12 Officiating
I'm usually not the type to complain about officials, especially when their calls end up helping the team I root for.
That said, I counted at least three poor calls that resulted in major penalties (or lack thereof) for the Iowa State Cyclones.
The first two were questionable defensive pass interference penalties that helped lead to Oklahoma State points.
However, the most egregious error was the missed call on a play that saw Cyclone quarterback Sam B. Richardson get hit after initiating a slide and "giving himself up."
That play knocked Richardson out of the game, which had major ramifications.
That isn't to say the officials cost Iowa State a win (they did that themselves with costly turnovers), but they surely played a part.
Winner: Texas Tech
If you're Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, you have to be salivating at the idea of facing an Oklahoma State Cowboys team that is struggling to throw the football.
Texas Tech wants to get into shoot-outs and has the second best passing offense in the nation.
After this weekends performance, it's tough to see Clint Chelf and the Cowboys keeping up with that attack.
Only time will tell, but, for now, it looks like the Pokes are going to have a tough time down in Lubbock.