Incoming Cowboys Help Oklahoma Win Oil Bowl

Several players who will play for Oklahoma State this fall were contributors to Oklahoma's largest victory margin ever in the 68 years of the Oil Bowl Classic on Saturday night as the Oklahoma All-Stars whipped the Texas All-Stars 38-7 in Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Oklahoma jumped out to a 19-0 lead thanks to a flea flicker on the first offensive play that set up a three-yard touchdown run by Tulsa Washington's Felix Jones. Another huge factor in the first quarter was the field position established on the strength of the kickoffs by Cole Reynolds, who played the past three seasons at Edmond Memorial but will walk on at OSU this fall.

The lone Texas touchdown was caught by future OSU cornerback Jacob Lacey out of Garland Naaman Forest. In all Texas had 16 Division I players on its roster headed by high school All-American quarterback Chase Daniel (Missouri), Duncanville All-State safety Gremon Coffman (Texas A&M), and defensive linemen Phillip Jones (Texas Tech) and Lorenzo Jones (TCU). Oklahoma had 13 Division I players headed by Jenks quarterback Andrew Brewer (Northwestern), running back Felix Jones (Arkansas), and Vinita defensive lineman Noah Franklin (Oklahoma State).

In all six future Cowboys, three scholarship players and three walk-ons, participated in the game. Here is a rundown of the performance of all six players.

Jacob Lacey, WR/CB, Texas (Garland Naaman Forest): Lacey caught the only Texas touchdown when he settled into an open spot in the Oklahoma zone coverage for a 16-yard scoring pass. Only one other pass was thrown his way and that was off the mark. Playing cornerback, he seemed to play fine. He wasn't the victim of any of the big pass plays by the Oklahoma offense. He is slight of build and will need to add weight, but certainly seems to have plenty of speed.

Noah Franklin, DT, Oklahoma (Vinita): Oklahoma State has him earmarked to play offensive line, but defensive line coach Nelson Barnes may want to make an appeal to Mike Gundy to steal him away from Joe Wickline and play him on defense. The Texas team found itself having to double- and triple-team Franklin, which opened up big plays for his Oklahoma linemates. Franklin has good quickness and is as strong a lineman as I have ever seen coming out of high school. His Oil Bowl teammates nicknamed him "Thor." Texas offensive linemen likely have a different name for him. He was an impact on virtually every play he was in the game. Even though he was getting plenty of attention he was getting in the grill of the Texas quarterbacks. He also showed the ability to get off blocks and was in on several tackles the 22 plays Texas tried to run the ball. They wound up with minus-4 yards rushing. I have no doubt he can play offense, but he might be able to make a more immediate impact on defense. I cannot say enough about this guy. He's a football player. It was also his first game since ending his high school senior season with a knee injury (MCL tear). There were no problems physically Saturday night as the knee was strong along with the rest of him.

Brady Bond, DE, Oklahoma (Garber): Bond has great size, but as you might expect has an adjustment to make from the eight-man game he played in high school in both style and strength and speed of the game. He showed up on some plays, but struggled some getting off blocks. He played defense in the Oil Bowl, but is targeted for offensive duty at Oklahoma State. That will be a much quicker adjustment for him. His height and long arms will really benefit him on that side of the ball.

Cole Reynolds, K/P, Oklahoma (Edmond Memorial): Reynolds was a huge weapon in establishing the Oklahoma lead with a sizeable field position advantage, Oklahoma kicked off and Reynolds booted the first kick out the back of the end zone. His next two kickoffs, after Oklahoma touchdowns, also went for touchbacks causing Texas to start at its own 20. In the second half Reynolds had a kick off hit at the Texas five and bounce sideways away from the returner and that resulted in the Texas team being trapped back at its own five by the Oklahoma coverage unit. Reynolds' punting also helped in the area of field position. Oklahoma only punted four times, but Reynolds boomed a 52-yarder in the second quarter that helped turn the field over for Oklahoma. He also had to punt several times from near midfield and had a couple of opportunities to pin Texas inside their 10. On one of those the gunner quit running on a ball that looked like it could have downed inside the five. That punt went 36 yards. In the second half he had a 35-yard punt that was downed inside the Texas 15. He finished averaging 39.5-yards per punt. The Cowboys likely won't need him to kick extra points or field goals with Jason Ricks back, but Reynolds was 3-of-4 on PAT attempts. His one miss came after the first score when Oklahoma was penalized back to back for delay of game and then illegal chop block resulting in a 40-yard PAT try. In the fourth quarter Reynolds was good on his only field goal try, a 39-yarder that easily would have been good from 49 yards.

Brock Dixon, FS, Oklahoma (Tulsa Union): Dixon nearly had a dramatic interception in the third quarter as he dove full out, had the ball only to have the ground knock it out. He was a main contributor in the Oklahoma secondary physically and mentally serving as a quarterback in the secondary. At 6-1, 180 pounds he is not shy about hitting as he had several big hits on receivers that caused incompletions.He was a wide receiver along with safety at Tulsa Union. He may get a chance to play offense at Oklahoma State, but he did not play any offense in the Oil Bowl. Dixon was also involved in special team coverage units.

Zach Allen, C/DS, Oklahoma (Edmond Memorial): For collegiate purposes it was the deep snapping that Oklahoma State fans would be concerned with in regards to Allen. The Oklahoma team had two deep snappers as Moore's Jacob Thornbrue handled PAT and FG snaps and Allen handled the punt snaps. Working with his high school teammate Reynolds as punter, Allen had Reynolds stand back the 15 yards that they will work with for OSU special teams coach Joe DeForest. Each snap was on the mark, with one second quarter snap being just a tad high. It was obvious the on the mark snaps contributed to Reynolds success punting the football. For his part, Thornbrue was good on the PAT and FG snaps, but Allen traded off work on that throughout the week with no problems. The fact Allen handled the longer punt snaps might be considered a message, and in warm ups it was obvious his snaps were quicker and stronger. Allen wanted to challenge himself at center, knowing that this game and the Oklahoma All-State Game will likely be his last in that role. He got his challenge facing Texas' inside techinique Lorenzo Jones (6-4, 317) and others. Allen, who has started slimming down from his 290 high school weight to 270 pounds, handled the bigger Jones just fine along with the other Texas defensive tackles. He also had lots of success kicking out down the line on defensive ends.

Oklahoma State fans can feel very good about their contributors to the 68th Oil Bowl, especially considering they are getting three recruited walk-ons that helped Oklahoma to that record setting 38-7 win over the Texans.

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