When considering what gave birth to Saturday’s taming of the Bronco herd, which can you blame more?
OSU beat Boise State because the Cowboys had Justice Hill and Jordan Brailford and the Broncos didn’t. Players make a difference.
But so do the players’ coaches.
OSU won because Mike Yurcich figured out a way around some of his offensive line’s shortcomings by running Taylor Cornelius some. In doing so, he figured out a way to maximize Cornelius.
The Cowboys won because Jim Knowles figured out a way to maximize Brailford, and the staff figured out a sieve in Boise State’s punt protection. [TulsaWorld]
I think it’s the chicken and the egg – Brailford was an absolute monster (countered perfectly by Bundage) and they’ve been setting up Cornelius for keepers over the last couple of weeks.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall in the special teams film room when they realized the Boise punter caught the snap and then kicked it a day later? Maybe it was the minimal protection. But either way, redemption for special teams was on the way.
Let’s all watch and enjoy as OSU’s Big 12-contending stock trends upward in the blogger-sphere.
Not only was I expecting this to be a massive Boise win but I even related a story of urging someone who (foolishly in my estimation) had wagered on USC to hedge by betting on Boise State (and Iowa State).
I hadn’t watched Oklahoma State very carefully this season, only enough to know that Taylor Cornelius wasn’t Mason Rudolph but that the Poke skill talent is probably close to being good as it was in 2017. That was even more of a cementing of a previously held assumption than anything.
But Gundy had a couple of aces up his sleeve. The first was a QB option and RPO run game featuring big, gangly Cornelius that caused some real problems for the Boise defense. The second and perhaps bigger issue was a pressure package that moved the Pokes’ experienced DEs and LB Calvin Bundage around all over the place to absolutely destroy the Boise State protection schemes.
With a D that knows how to bring really smart and efficient pressures combined with a QB that has some skill to unlock the rest of this offensive talent, Oklahoma State just SHOT up in my internal power rankings of the Big 12. [ConcerningSports]
Cowboys climbed into CBS’ Dennis Dodds’ top 15 as well – the Pokes have to survive as the favorites until Bedlam now.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Carlson on the narrative around OSU/OU’s non-conference opponents was fascinating….From Saturday – Tracin (NOT Tylan) Wallace has re-injured his knee, LD Brown expected back midweek….Don’t overlook the Pokes this season….Tramel has the Pokes at No. 2 in Big 12 ranks….The best college football teams from the 1990’s stink now
Wait for it… Gundy does love some blocking receivers.
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) September 17, 2018
National sack leaders after 3 games
1. Oklahoma State: 16
2. Penn State: 13
3. Clemson: 12
3. Iowa: 12
3. Arizona State: 12
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 17, 2018
Your heart breaks here – prayers for Marcus Smart on the recent passing of his mom.
I love you, Mom. pic.twitter.com/kmpyBlsJnP
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) September 18, 2018
Congrats to Amen on co-special teams player of the week.
— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 17, 2018
OU reported around a million secondary violations across sports.
— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) September 17, 2018
Yesterday on PFB
- Justice Hill has entered the top-ten of all time OSU rushing yards
- Dan Bailey found an NFL home
- Kick time for OSU-Kansas announced
- The drive charts tell us something about OSU’s offense
- OSU should schedule bigger home and homes
Stuff I’m Reading
- Good stuff on “digital detox” and the spectrum of tech addiction
- Your boss probably wants you to have more “sitzfleisch”
- How a postal worker took down a crime ring
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