It could have been a day remembered for missed opportunity. But it wasn’t.
Cowboy receivers John Paul Richardson and Tay Martin both redeemed early mistakes in the Cowboy’s 23-0 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Richardson didn’t necessarily make a bad throw early in the second quarter, but the end result of the play left much to be desired. Richardson was the crux of a perfectly called trick play. He threw a ball to fellow receiver Jaden Bray from the 16-yard line. Bray had stumbled out of his break, throwing off the timing of the pass which off his hands, forcing the Cowboys to settle for a field goal.
“It was just one of those days, you know you had the double pass, could have hit that one for a touchdown and you know (Martin) is out there pissed off,” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “We missed a couple in the end zone that certainly would have made things feel a lot better.”
Martin’s mistake was much clearer cut. Cowboy quarterback Spencer Sanders threw Martin a pass on a quick slant in the end zone. The ball was thrown slightly in front of Martin, but one the receiver known for making high-difficulty catches should have caught.
But that wasn’t the end. Much the stagnant OSU offense that mustered only three first quarter points, Richardson continued playing.
Bumped up in snaps for receiver Brennan Presley, who was limited to just return duty, Richardson caught a 14-yard touchdown in the same corner of the end zone his pass fell incomplete earlier in the quarter.
“It wasn’t a surprise to me (Richardson) did a good job filling in for BP who was a little banged up,” Martin said. “He did what he had to do and I’m excited for him.”
The touchdown on the shake route, that left his defender on the ground, highlighted a six catch, 41-yard performance for Richardson.
The Cowboys were led in receiving by Martin, who after his drop caught three passes 37 yards. Martin was the most targeted receiver, finishing with 7 receptions for 130 yards. Three of his catches came on third down and moved the chains.
“All in all, offensively I really thought it was a good day,” Dunn said. “Certainly, something we could build off of.”