Another 100-Play Scrimmage; Different Result

STILLWATER - Spring football and fall camp are always tough on head coaches because when the team scrimmages, one side of the ball or the other is typically going to have an edge, sometimes a big edge. In the end it leaves a head coach like Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy scratching his head, wondering if it is a case of one side being so good or the other side being bad, or a little of both.

That is why it is always desirable to see some balance in the scrimmages or at least a case where if one side, say the defense wins one scrimmage then the offense wins the next.

This week has been a defensive week on the floor of Boone Pickens Stadium, at least up until Friday when the offense struck back.

"The offense won the scrimmage today," said Gundy after the 100-play scrimmage that started early at 1:15 p.m. and concluded just after 2:30 p.m.

Do the match, that was a quick 100 plays, so the tempo was fast. "The defense was dominant last time, but the offense really played well today. The quarterbacks played better. Tracy Moore had a nice scrimmage and made a lot of plays," said Gundy.

Junior wide receiver Charlie Moore also had a strong day catching the ball, including a diving touchdown grab in the end zone.

Both Moores -- Charlie and Tracy -- have played well throughout the spring. Of course, fans are highly interested in the quarterbacks and how they played. Wes Lunt had played better in some of the early scrimmages in the week.

Here is what Gundy had to say about the quarterback play on Friday: "J.W. Walsh had the opportunity to run some and made some plays running the ball," said Gundy. "Wes Lunt continues to throw the ball better and mature being a young player, and Clint Chelf had a couple nice drives. He led the team down and scored; he did a better job of handling the offense than he did last week."

Each scrimmage is different and the play calling and situations can have plenty to do with the outcome. Often coaches can almost script a scrimmage to go a certain way. That was not the case on Friday as much of it was put the ball down and let them go. There was some work on coming out and red zone later in the scrimmage. It was very fair as ones went against ones and twos versus twos.

"They were more balanced in play-pass and were able to run the ball effectively," added Gundy about the offense and reasons for the success. "It goes back to games. If you're able to run the ball effectively, then you can throw it. If you get stuffed in the run game -- last week the linebackers and defensive line controlled the scrimmage, so they couldn't throw the ball. Today, they ran the ball much better, which allowed them to throw the football."

It was not totally an offensive show as the defense had some highlights, forced a few turnovers and played really well on special teams.

"Their high points were forcing turnovers. They got three turnovers and blocked a field goal. The low point was I don't think they tackled as well in space as they did last week and I talked about that to them afterwards," said Gundy.

"The turnovers are awesome because that gives us the best chance to win games. But the bad part is that we need to tackle better in space to eliminate the big plays."

Individually, Gundy had kudos for several defensive players. "Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert both showed up," said the head coach. "I thought Calvin Barnett made some plays, (but) it's hard for me to see the interior. Lyndell Johnson continues to make plays. He shows up with his speed."

The Cowboys will practice Monday. They will then conclude spring football with a Wednesday practice and on Saturday, April 21, the Spring Football Finale. The finale will be a scrimmage for the fans that begins at 12:30 p.m. and will include a meet and greet with the players and coaches afterwards. Admission for the Spring Football Finale is $5.

Cowboys Spring Notes
The early start may have kept visitors to a minimum but Caleb Muncrief of Madill, Okla., was in Stillwater to make his official visit this weekend along with his parents. The speedy running back that decommitted from Tulsa and signed with OSU on signing day never had a chance to make a visit. Muncrief, who looked stout, said he has run a 10.96 in the 100 meters and is preparing for the regional and state track meets.

Recruiting prospect Laquon Treadwell, a standout wide receiver from Crete-Monee, Ill., in the 2013 class, was not at OSU's practice but was expected for an unofficial visit later Friday.

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