Oklahoma State’s 13th ranked football team took awhile to get riding, but eventually wore down Mississippi State 21-3 in the season opener for both clubs Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The Pokes played back on their spurs a little bit in the 1st quarter, trailing 3-0 having surrendered 148 yards to the Bulldogs while only mustering 47 yards and 2 first downs on their own.
But OSU’s normally suspect defense dominated after that. In fact, Mississippi State was held to just 185 yards the rest of the game…and ZERO points…as the Pokes overpowered the visitors from the mighty Southeastern Conference before a crowd of just 35,874 at the NFL’s home of the Houston Texans.
A big change occurred on OSU’s 3rd offensive possesion of the 1st period – a new quarterback. Senior Clint Chelf started, but played poorly in what amounted to just eight plays.
Junior J.W. Walsh came in and played the rest of the game after that – rolling up 260 total yards, running for the game’s longest play (a 46 yard dash in the first half) and scoring one TD.
After the game, head coach Mike Gundy immediately announced the kid from Denton, TX will be the Cowboys starter for game #2, another road trip to San Antonio next week to play UTSA.