Young Receivers Come Up Big In Victory

Oklahoma State's quarterbacks were not playing favorites Saturday. Thirteen different players were on the receiving end of passes thrown by the Cowboys quarterbacks, including nine receivers and four running backs. The young but talented receiving corps is one reason J.W. Walsh was able to set a school record by completing 24 of 27 passes in the 56-35 victory over Texas-San Antonio.

"Some of those young receivers are starting to get some playing experience. As we've talked about before, there is no substitute for playing experience. They're going up and getting the ball," said Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.

"(J.W.) played very well and we were able to distribute the ball, and get the ball in the hands of guys who could make plays. I'm going to guess there were a bunch of receivers who caught passes in this game."

The trio of sophomore Brandon Sheperd, redshirt freshman Jhajuan Seales and true freshman Marcell Ateman entered Saturday's game at the Alamodome with a combined three career catches (one for each of them). But they combined for 15 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Roadrunners.

Seales, from Port Arthur, Texas, led the Cowboys with seven receptions for 87 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown catch on a pass from starter J.W. Walsh to give the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead.

Sheperd, the receiver from St. Louis who played in six games a year ago, was on the receiving end of four passes for 73 yards. His 19-yard touchdown pass from Walsh capped a seven-play, 78-yard drive in the first quarter which gave the Cowboys a 14-7 lead, which they would never relinquish.

Ateman, from Dallas, caught four passes for 40 yards, including a long of 22 yards.

In addition, sophomore David Glidden, who had two catches entering the contest, had a career-best two receptions for 40 yards.

"A lot of those guys grew up in front of our eyes today and did a great job for us. I would expect more things from these guys as long as they keep rolling and keep practicing hard," said Walsh, who set the OSU single-game record (20 or more attempts) by completing 88.9 percent of his passes, breaking the previous record set by Brandon Weeden in 2011 against Kansas.

"Whenever you've got guys getting open like today it makes our job a lot easier. Those guys were running hard and getting open for us, that's makes it easy for us," added Walsh.

Other Cowboys on the receiving end of throws from Walsh and Clint Chelf were Josh Stewart (5 for 97 yards, 1 TD), Blake Jackson (3 for 73 yards, 1 TD), Charlie Moore (3 for 43 yards, 1 TD), Tracy Moore (2 for 28 yards) and Blake Webb (1 for 10 yards).


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