CFN Dallas Analysis - Ok State 58, Purdue 14

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Posted Jan 1, 2013


CFN's thoughts and analysis on Oklahoma State'd blowout win over Purdue

Richard Cirminiello

How good would Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf look as a free agent heading into next season? Injured starter Wes Lunt and change-of-pace backup J.W. Walsh are only freshmen. Chelf is a junior, and would make a sweet transfer candidate, especially if he can secure a degree before the 2013 opener.

Hope I’m wrong, but Mike Gundy will only get the credit he richly deserves once he gets the Cowboys into a national championship game. The coach perennially does an incredible with his offensive attack, yet never gets mentioned in the same breath as the game’s best minds. Despite injuries at quarterback, Oklahoma State finished the year by scoring at least 48 points in four of the final five games.

The job of new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell just got easier for 2013. After this debacle from the Boilermakers, the bar has already been lowered a notch in West Lafayette for next season.

The Cowboys would love for RB Joseph Randle to return for one final year in Stillwater. Still, if he bolts for the NFL, the running looks as if it’ll remain in good shape with Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland shouldering the load.

Purdue’s Patrick Higgins looked like a former wide receivers coach masquerading as an interim head coach today. This was the kind of humbling experience that makes a coach long for the days of anonymity that come with being an assistant.

By Phil Harrison
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-The Heart of Dallas Bowl was a bad matchup to begin with. Purdue has shown a lack of interest on defense against teams that can throw up yards and points like Oklahoma State. Today furthered that keen observation. Can we implement a rule of at least a winning record in your conference before getting an invite to a bowl game?

- Speaking of which, new head coach Darrell Hazell has his work cut out for him. The Purdue culture has declined and it’ll be up to the new guy to somehow instill an attitude of confidence and desire in West Lafayette.

- The Cowboys simply don’t miss a beat on offense do they? It doesn’t matter who graduates under center, on the line, and at the wideout positions, Mike Gundy just keeps plugging the holes and moving forward. Now about having the defensive side of the ball catch up...

- Purdue is not good enough to overcome a bushel of turnovers, and the game got away today early and often because the Boilermakers were very hospitable to its playing partner today. Purdue would likely have had problems beating the local high school team in Dallas with the five turnovers it yacked away today.

- Mike Gundy is a creative offensive-mind and loves to spread things around. Without looking it up, I’d be comfortable going out on a limb and calling five different players completing a pass for Oklahoma State a New Year’s Day bowl record.


By Terry Johnson
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There's no such thing as a meaningless bowl game. Both coaches dipped into their bag of tricks today, with Purdue running a fake punt deep in its own territory, and Mike Gundy calling a halfback pass to the QB.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: college football needs to establish a selection committee to ensure a competitive matchup in every bowl game. Purdue, a 6-6 team playing an interim coach, had no business playing against the third place team in the Big 12.

Yes, the Cowboys are much better than their final record would indicate. As today's contest demonstrated, the OSU offense can move the ball against anyone. Provided that they do a better job taking care of the football (-6 turnover ratio coming into today), there's no reason why they can't compete for the national championship again next season.

Every team needs a player like Clint Chelf, who chose to persevere through adversity instead of transferring out of the program when things got tough. Rather than give up after failing to win the starting QB job in fall camp, Chelf worked to get better, and waited for his opportunity. When Wes Lunt and JW Walsh went down with injuries, Chelf stepped in and played well enough to retain the job. Judging by his stellar performance today, it's safe to say he'll be the starter for the 'Pokes next fall.

Akeem Shavers will play on Sundays. After leading the Boilermakers in both rushing and receiving today, Shavers showed NFL scouts that he has the versatility to fill any role in the backfield.

Despite today's blowout loss, Purdue fans should be excited with arrival of Darrell Hazell from Kent State. In just two years, he transformed Kent State from a doormat into a division champion, and has the resources to do the same thing in West Lafayette.