Grades: Oklahoma State’s Playmaking Trio Was Tremendous in Game 1

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Saturday can’t get here fast enough.Oklahoma State’s offense throttled Oregon State late Friday night, resulting in a 52-36 Cowboy victory. It wasn’t just that the Cowboys did it, it was how they did. It was one of the more exciting outings in recent years, and it left me pumped to watch it in living color Saturday, even if it is against McNeese State. Here are some grades from the Cowboys’ game with the Beavers.The Trio: A+I think enough orange Kool-Aid has been pumped into Spencer Sanders, Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace for one week, so I’ll just raise one more collective glass.It was an Oklahoma State fan’s dream to see three highly acclaimed skill players mesh as well as they in Corvallis. Whether it was the 92 yards and two touchdowns Sanders and Wallace connected for or the 346 combined rushing yards Hubbard and Sanders shared, the trio ensured excitement for what’s to come.The O-Line: A+Go ahead and peep this hole the OSU offensive line created in its first game under Charlie Dickey.Sanders was sacked one time for two yards, and the Beavers had one quarterback hurry, but that was nothing compared to all the damage the Cowboys dealt behind the outstanding O-line play.Sean Gleeson’s Debut: A+I usually try to stay away from coaches in my grades because in most cases, it’s hard to tell what is actually a coach’s doing, but Sean Gleeson’s first game at the FBS level was superb.The Cowboys had 12 drives Friday, eight ended in scores, two ended because the halves did and only two times did Tom Hutton get to punt.Mike Gundy has said that Gleeson is learning OSU’s offense instead of OSU learning Gleeson’s, and after the game Gundy said the differences in how OSU looked against Oregon State was more personnel driven compared to last year. But OSU looked sharp, whether it was pulling both its guards on a run play or ripping a quick pass to the sideline for Wallace to catch and fly.The Defense: COregon State’s first drive was not great for Jim Knowles’ bunch.In fewer than two minutes, the lowly Beavers went 70 yards on six plays, and you could almost feel the entire metropolis of Stillwater, USA, exhale in disappointment.But it’s important to note that was a lot of the Cowboy defenders’ first times starting a college football game, including the entire defensive line. The group settled in and forced three straight three-and-outs on Oregon State’s third, fourth and five drives of the game.It wasn’t a stellar outing, but there were enough bright spots to give hope for a little while longer.The Excitement: A++Remember when I said my first grade was the final glass of orange Kool-Aid to raise, I lied.Holy smokes that was fun to watch. The first half Friday night seemed to fly by. I’m not sure if that was how it actually was going or if it was just that I was having so much fun watching OSU’s offense run all around the field.The OSU offense really looks like it can make opposing teams pick their poison. Want to put safeties back deep to cover over Tylan Wallace? Well here is Chuba Hubbard and Spencer Sanders gashing your front seven. Want to play close to the line to attempt to shut that athletic backfield down, have fun isolating Wallace.last_img

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