Todd Monken: Chelf Is Our Quarterback

"I know that Clint Chelf is our starter right now and will be our starter at Baylor," Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken answered when asked Monday one of those questions that coaches really don't care much for when there is still football to be played in a season.

"We have Baylor this Saturday and then a bowl game, and I'm worried about the quarterbacks as it pertains to those two games and not next spring," said Monken.

"I do know that you really don't want to split all the reps again in spring like we had to last spring. That is really something Coach (Mike) Gundy will decide is who our starting quarterback is going into the spring."

We're actually with Monken on that and first things first. As the Cowboys offensive coordinator said, Chelf is the guy heading to Waco as the Cowboys look to bounce back against now bowl eligible Baylor.

"He threw it fine," Monken said of Chelf's performance (19-of-37 passing for 253 yards with one touchdown and one interception) against the Sooners.

"I'm sure he probably wishes he could take back a few throws, but his performance really wasn't that different than the other few weeks. Every team presents different challenges, whether it's the front end guys or the back end guys. It's our job to kind of figure it out. At times we did, and at times we didn't."

Speaking of bouncing back, the Cowboys have done that after each loss this season. They are facing a Baylor defense that defied all statistics by knocking off top-ranked Kansas State while holding the Wildcats to 24 points even though the Bears last in the league total defense unit allows an average of 509 yards and 38.5 points a game this season.

"They've had some injuries, especially in the back end," Monken explained. "It's always tough to judge with what we do and what they do. You have to kind of go by yards per play and what you see on film. In today's day and age, it's really tough to judge a defense because they're having to play so many snaps."

Just for grins, the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in scoring offense (45.6 points a game) and are second behind Baylor's explosive offense with 547.9 yards a game. Baylor, by comparison, averages 575.5 yards per game.

It should be another first team to 50 points wins the game.

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