The Oklahoma State quarterbacking situation is up in the air again, and Mike Gundy would prefer to keep it that way -- publicly, at least -- until this Saturday's visit to Iowa State.
Starter J.W. Walsh was benched in the Cowboys' 24-10 win over TCU Saturday, having started 9-of-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions. Senior Clint Chelf fared somewhat better in relief, hitting 10-of-25 for 178 yards and only one pick, but for the game the Cowboys quarterbacks averaged only 6.9 yards an attempt and posted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 0-to-3.
Gundy confirmed at his Sunday evening press availability that after that performance, he has not decided on a starter for the trip to Ames -- and won't be telling the Cyclones his decision even once he's made it.
“We wouldn't publicly name one,” Gundy said, according to the Oklahoman. “We'll let those guys practice and then we'll see how it goes this week and then decide how we want to approach Iowa State.”
Walsh had appeared to have a reasonably firm grip on the starter's job coming into Saturday, having taken over for Chelf himself mid-game in the Cowboys' season-opening win over Mississippi State and guiding Oklahoma State to wins over UTSA, Lamar and Kansas State from there (along with an upset defeat at West Virginia). But Gundy said Walsh's second interception against the Horned Frogs -- a throw into heavy coverage in the middle of the TCU end zone, one that killed a rare scoring opportunity -- convinced him to make the change.
"I think it comes to a certain point where you have to make a decision," offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich told the Associated Press. "I don't know if it was exactly this or that. It was just time, I guess."
Time is now running short, however, for the Cowboys to have some confidence in their signal-caller. Beating Iowa State at Iowa State is already difficult enough, but the following week sends the Pokes to Lubbock to face undefeated Texas Tech. Lose that one, and any hopes of a Big 12 title will be gone.