We started a new segment this week with our Objectives of the Game. We put those out on Thursday and now it is time to see how the Oklahoma State Cowboys did on Saturday night in hitting the objectives against Central Arkansas that we set for them. This is not something we got from the coaching staff as it is purely our expectations in numbers for the game. Okay, let's see how the Pokes did.
Objectives and Explanations for the Central Arkansas game
*1. Win - This is a game with an FCS opponent from the Southland Conference and it is a must win to accomplish the goal set out for the season.
They hit this one as the Cowboys go to 2-0 with the 32-8 win over Central Arkansas. It was not a picture perfect win any any means but a solid win.
*2. Score First and Build a Double Digit Lead by the end of the First Quarter - A reasonable request that will need to be accomplished with work from all three phases. The defense realizes that UCA is a very high-up tempo team and through turnovers and/or stops the defense can create a lot of extra possessions for the offense based on UCA going fast on offense and the added time available as a result. The offense needs to take advantage of the possessions and execute well. In games like this, especially at home, the favored team can really make their job much easier with an early scoring burst. Special teams need to be sound because a big play for the underdogs can give them momentum.
They did just that, socring a Ben Grogan field goal with 7:44 left in the first quarter and then following up with a 21-yard touchdown run by Chris Carason with 4:17 left to go in the first quarter and a 10-point lead. Problem was they did not expand that lead in the second quarter and that is what it was at half.
3. The offense needs to shoot for the following:
42 points or more - No, 10 points shy with 32 points
500 yards of total offense or more - Yes, as they rolled to 578 yards of offense
200 yards rushing or more - No, they finished with 164 yards rushing and we know rushing yards are more controlling yards in a game
300 yards passing or more - Yes, 414 yards of passing in the contest and both Rudolph and Walsh threw touchdown passes
No turnovers - No, Rudolph threw one interception but it did not add up to a score.
4. Defense needs to shoot for the following:
20 points or less - Yes, well under that with eight points on one touchdown and a two-point conversion
370 yards of total defense or more - Yes, well under as the Cowboys defenders only allowed 220 yards
120 yards rushing or less - Yes, well under here too with just 92 yards rushing
250 yards passing or less - Yes, again with just 128 yards passing
Force at least 3 turnovers - No, the Cowboys did not force a single turnover
5. Special teams needs to shoot for the following
Make all placements, field goals of less than 50 yards and PAT - No, as the Cowboys hit both field goal tries, but had two extra points blocked in the fourth quarter
Average 43 yards or better on punts, net of 38 yards or better - Yes, a big yes, as Zach Sinor averaged 43.4 yards a punt and had three downed inside the 20 and the net was 44 yards
No big returns allowed on kickoffs or punts - Yes, they have a good return game but really never could capitalize on it
One Explosive return on kickoffs of 35 yards or more and one on punts of 20 yards or more - Partial credit as they got one on a kickoff with Jeff Carr going 54 yards but Jalen McClesky is still looking for an explosive punt return.