Passing Offense: C-
It was a below average offensive game from the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the poor passing game played a big part in this. A strange performance from Spencer Sanders for someone who can pass with the best of them was seemingly outplayed by the Hurricanes’ junior QB, Davis Brin. Brin passed for 224 total yards and was an efficient 19/24. On the flip side, Sanders couldn't seem to keep up with this output from Brin as he put up 173 total passing yards while being less consistent throwing 15/26.
Rushing Offense: C+
While the rushing offense was a little better than their passing offense, it still was average to a little above average at best. The Cowboys had slightly more rushing yards with 140 yards compared to the Hurricanes’ 123 yards, albeit on more attempts. Although Sanders’ struggled with his passing he was able to lead the Cowboys in rushing yards with 62 on 10 carries. This was a nice boost for the Cowboys who were struggling to gain any yardage throughout the game.
This game shouldn't have been as close as it was on paper. A big contributing factor to this average performance was the play calling that left many fans on both sides scratching their heads. When it counted the most the Cowboys were able to pull through at the end but for the majority of the game they looked out of character and unprepared. They couldn't come up with any defensive schemes to slow down the offensive onslaught of Brin’s passing. This proved to be a big reason why the game came down to the wire.