Poor, Poor, Terrible, Awful Savannah State
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 2, 2012
A few notes on Savannah State, which had to know it was walking into a minefield. The Tigers have won two games in two years, with both victories coming over North Carolina Central – 33-30 last fall, 28-21 in 2010. The Tigers lost seven games by 20 or more points a season ago. According to those in the know, Savannah State is one of the worst F.C.S. teams in the country.
And the worst F.C.S. team in the country drew Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State, of all teams. While breaking in a new quarterback, a few new receivers and a few new offensive linemen, the Cowboys’ walk-ons would have dominated Savannah State.
And the walk-ons did dominate, after the starters played for much of the first quarter. And that’s all: O.S.U. did not – absolutely, positively – run up the score on poor, weak Savannah State. The Cowboys just played football. No more, no less. That’s important to remember.
All O.S.U. did while playing football was score 84 points, which isn’t a misprint. The Cowboys scored nine touchdowns on the ground. Three came through the air. Twelve total touchdowns. Here they are, with time and quarter:
12:15, 1st Joseph Randle, 2-yard run
11:05, 1st Randle, 40-yard run
7:20, 1st Jeremy Smith, 6-yard run
4:40, 1st Smith, 2-yard run
2:15, 1st Smith, 1-yard run
7:00, 2nd Desmond Roland, 5-yard run
3:06, 2nd Roland, 24-yard run
14:45, 3rd J.T. Walsh to John Goodlett, 14-yard pass
11:45, 3rd Roland, 42-yard run
8:00, 3rd Walsh to Austin Hayes, 1-yard pass
14:00, 4th Clint Chelf to Brandon Shepered, 1-yard pass
2:10, 4th Corey Bennett, 10-yard run
In all, Oklahoma State gained 682 yards of total offense. The Cowboys gained 395 yards on 42 carries. Completed 26 of 37 attempts for 287 yards. Punted once. Converted seven of nine on third down. Gained 40 first downs. Just dominated, as you knew they would.
What did Savannah State get for its trouble? A humbling loss, for one. Oh, and a $385,000 paycheck – this was the definition of a “paycheck” game. Next up for Oklahoma State is Arizona, on the road. Up next for Savannah State? A road game against Florida State. It won’t get any easier.
Tags: Clint Chelf, Desmond Roland, Florida Stae, J.T. Walsh, Jeremy Smith, Joseph Randle, Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State, Savannah State
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