Halftime Thoughts: Oklahoma State at Central Michigan


Oklahoma State 10 Central Michigan 6

Well the first half of the season is in the books, and it was a mildly eventful one for both good and bad reasons. Mostly bad. The Cowboys came out looking a little rusty, and aside from a few good plays, look like a team that desperately needs to get to the locker room to figure some things out.

There’s been a few flashes of the play we were expecting from them, but the team looks mostly out of sync, and aren’t converting third downs, nor stopping the Chippewas from doing just that.

The score is close, but it doesn’t tell the full story. Still, if the Cowboys expect to pull away, they need to get some things figured out, or this could get disastrous.

…wait, did I just hear the halftime analyst suggest a change at quarterback? Wow.

Anyway, here’s a look at some notable first half stats:

Total Yards:

OSU: 141  Central Michigan: 207

Possession Time: OSU: 10:29 CMU: 19:31

Mason Rudolph: 9-14, 101 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Cooper Rush: 14-23, 127 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

Rushing Yards: OSU: 40 CSU: 40

The Good

– Zach Sinor can punt, and thank goodness. 4 punts, 47.0 average, with two inside the 20. Not bad, and definitely helping bail the Cowboys out some.

– 9 completions to 7 different receivers for Mason Rudolph.

– Tre’ Flowers is all over the ball down field, and certainly deserved that interception, which was the result of some massive pressure on Rush.

– Vincent Taylor is doing a good job in place of Villi Levini thus far.

-Darrion Daniels is making an immediate impact on defense.

– The J.W. Walsh touchdown is a good sign of goal lines situations to come, especially if the offensive line continues this mediocrity.

– 0 turnovers.

The Bad

There’s a lot of this, but here’s some things that stand out.

– That double pass from CMU was bad, but could’ve been a lot worse.

– The offensive line seems to be having some issues, especially with the running game.

– CMU’s ideal game plan is working: Control the ball (nearly double the possession time,) and get big stops on defense. The crowd sure is in approval.

– Rudolph has overthrown on two big potential plays.

– The offensive line’s struggles deserve to be mentioned twice. This could end up being a major issue again, which is really deflating.

On to the second half. Be on the look out for a faster pace, or more cohesion on offense.

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