Reid, Offense Lead Orange

STILLWATER – Bobby Reid has a ways to go before the Oklahoma State Cowboys open the 2006 season in four and a half months. But if the sophomore quarterback's performance in the Orange-White spring game on Saturday is any indication the Cowboys will be a completely different team from a year ago when they open Sept. 2 against Missouri State at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Reid, who struggled through the Cowboys' 4-7 season a year ago because of inconsistent play and injuries, gave Oklahoma State fans a glimpse of why he was one of the most sought after high school quarterbacks three years ago. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Reid threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Orange team to a 38-6 victory (although the scoreboard showed the White winning 44-38, but that's because head coach Mike Gundy gave the White 14 points to start the game and another 24 in the second half) in front of an estimated 15,000 fans.

"I feel a whole lot better. Things are a lot slower for me. Now that I'm more relaxed I can just go out and play ball the way I know how to," said Reid, who completed 12 of 22 passes but threw two interceptions, including one as the Orange team was about to punch it in for another touchdown from the 2-yard line.

What grade did Reid give himself Saturday? "About a C-plus," he said.

What grade did he give the first-team offense which went up against the second-team defense all day? "About a B. We showed signs of doing good but turnovers killed us. We've got to stop turning the ball over," Reid said.

Reid accounted for 260 of the 345 of the Orange team's total yards. He threw touchdown passes to Seth Newton (10 yards), Anthony Parks (64 yards) and D'Juan Woods (34). He very easily could have had another one to Woods but overthrew him on a post route in the third quarter.

"I thought he played OK," Gundy said of Reid. "The only decision that he made that I thought was really bad was down here on the goal line (when he threw the interception). He made some big plays. I thought he overthrew a post route late, but it's good to get him back out there in front of the people where he has to perform on game day.

"I thought he ran the ball well. It would have been interesting to see if he didn't have a green shirt on how many more yards he would have gotten," Gundy said making a reference to the quarterbacks wearing green shirts and just having to be tagged for the officials to rule them down. "I want him to be able to run the ball effectively because he's 225 pounds and he can run. He's going to have to run the ball effectively to be a good player in this conference."

The Orange team trailed 14-0 to start the game but scored 31 points in the first half, thanks to some big plays by an opportunistic defense. Reid's 10-yard scoring pass was the game's first score, and a few minutes later sophomore cornerback Jacob Lacey stepped in front of White quarterback Zac Robinson's pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.

"Jacob has played well all spring," Gundy said. "He has a lot of ability. He has some savvy for the game. He made a nice interception and return. He could have been tackled on the 10-yard line, but broke a couple of tackles and went ahead and scored."

Robinson, the redshirt freshman quarterback, came right back to direct the White team on its only scoring drive of the first half. He carried three times for 30 yards, and running back Calvin Roberts scampered 17 yards to the 13-yard line. But the drive stalled and Jason Ricks was called upon to kick a 27-yard field goal.

Reid and the Orange came right back, scoring on a 64-yard bomb to Anthony Parks, who got behind cornerback Cortney Billingsley for the touchdown. Bruce Redden added a 26-yard field goal and cornerback Martel Van Zant scored on a 48-yard interception return for the Orange team just before halftime.

The only scoring in the second half – when the clock ran continuously – was Reid's 34-yard touchdown pass to D'Juan Woods for the Orange team, and a 38-yard field goal by Ricks for the White squad.

"What we wanted to do was go out and get about 100 players, and keep everybody healthy, and I think that's what we did for the most point," Gundy said.

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