Spring Football: Offense Shines In Scrimmage

STILLWATER – The trend of a big play offense, coupled with an opportune defense, continued on Wednesday as Oklahoma State held its 14th practice and the final-half scrimmage of the spring. In all there were 88 plays in the scrimmage and the offense had 11 of the "chunk" plays that the offensive staff has been craving all spring. Chunk plays are plays that cover more than 20 yards, and the one came when Bobby Reid hit Adarius Bowman in stride down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown.

It was a pretty play and one of two touchdown connections between Reid and Bowman, the other covering 10 yards for a score comeing a few plays after Reid hit tight end Brandon Pettigrew for 22 yards to set up the touchdown.

"Last spring we were having to learn everything real quick, and it's different trying to learn it in the film room and the signals and you're thinking what am I supposed to do," Pettigrew said in describing the difference between last spring and this spring. "It's different this spring because I'm prepared and learned it. I'm trying to be tougher. Everything I do I'm trying to be tougher, physically and mentally. Defenses have to worry about D'Juan (Woods) and then they have to worry about AD (Bowman) and then they slip up and they have me coming over the middle."

Bowman, a transfer from North Carolina, led all receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Pettigrew had four catches for 71 yards. Second team quarterback Zac Robinson had a good day passing as well with his biggest completion coming while playing with the first team offense. Robinson connected with veteran wide receiver D'Juan Woods for a perfect deep fade in the end zone. The scoring play covered 30 yards. Overall, head coach Mike Gundy was happy with the final scrimmage leading up to the Cowboys spring game on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium

"I thought we had a good day today," said Gundy. "I thought the defense gave up too many big plays, but Victor DeGrate (starting defensive end) wasn't playing and they had a couple of guys out on defense so they were a little handicapped over there. (The) offense did a decent job of taking care of the football. I thought Bobby Reid played well again without knowing exactly what he did (statistically). We pushed them close to a hundred plays today."

The offense was not limited to passing as six of the 11 chunk plays came on the ground, all courtesy of Calvin Roberts and Chris Offor. Roberts had 107 yards on 17 carries, including runs of 27, 35, and 21 yards. Walk-on Chris Offor finished with 105 yards on 11 carries and had runs of 33, 21, and 21 yards. Offor also finished a drive bulling in from one-yard out for the touchdown. For Roberts, who has flashed ability but stood in the background of backs like Vernand Morency and Mike Hamilton, it was a very good day to show off a little.

"I felt very comfortable out there," said Roberts. "Coach (Curtis) Luper (running backs coach) just said keep it coming. That's all I did was just keep working. I'm very motivated. I want to get on the field and show these coaches that I'm dedicated to my team and to this sport."

"Calvin seems to be running hard and we're limiting what Michael (Hamilton) does because he's proven that he's durable and he's earned his stripes in that area," Gundy said. "Julius (Crosslin) still has his ankle (injury) and we are trying to get him back for Saturday. Calvin ran hard out there today and made a few guys miss."

The defense had its highlights including a fumble recovery, an interception by Andre Sexton on a Bobby Reid overthrow intended for Anthony Parks, and four sacks. On the interception Sexton made a nice move on the ball and picked it off at the 32-yard line then returned it down the right sideline for a touchdown. The return and score came back on a holding penalty on the defense on the return. Defensive end Marque Fountain had two sacks as he dumped Zac Robinson on one over by the sideline and tagged Robinson for another. Robinson was also sacked by Jeray Chatham for an eight-yard loss, and Reid was sacked by Ryan McBean for an eight-yard setback in the early stages of the scrimmage.

The offense had 19 earned first downs in the scrimmage which is a pretty good ratio in 88 plays. The Cowboys will hope to provide as much excitement for the fans on Saturday when they hold the Orange-White Spring Game at 5 p.m.

Rushing Car.-Yds.–Avg–TD–Long

Calvin Roberts 17 – 107 – 6.3 – 0 – 35
Chris Offor 11 – 105 – 9.6 – 1 – 33
Al Pena 2 – 8 – 4.0 – 0 – 5
Mike Hamilton 1 – 7 – 7.0 – 0 – 7
Bobby Reid 2 – 3 – 1.5 – 0 – 11
DeAaron Martin 6 - -3 - -0.5 – 0 – 3
Zac Robinson 8 - -24 - -3.0 – 0 – 8

Passing A – C – I – Yds. – TD – Long
Bobby Reid 23 – 12 – 1 – 181 – 2 – 70
Zac Robinson 15 – 8 – 0 – 112 – 1 – 30
Al Pena 2 – 1 – 0 – 21 – 0 – 21

Receiving Rec. – Yds. – TD – Long
Adarius Bowman 6 – 96 – 2 – 70
Brand. Pettigrew 4 – 71 – 0 – 28
D'Juan Woods 4 – 56 – 1 – 30
Seth Newton 2 – 13 – 0 – 8
T. Standberry 1 – 22- 0 – 22
T. Williams 1 – 21 – 0 – 21
Ricky Price 1 – 19 – 0 –19
J. Broadway 1 – 5 – 0 – 5

Defensive Stats
Andre Sexton - 1 interception

Marque Fountain – 2
Ryan McBean – 1
Jeray Chatham – 1

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