Reid's option skills give Cowboys another strength

Saturday, September 30th 2006, 3:48 pm
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma State football coaches have figured out one way for quarterback Bobby Reid to put on a show -- just let him run the option.

Reid says he lived and died the option while he was a high school standout in Texas and that the only difference in college is that everybody is faster.

In OSU's 34-25 loss to Houston last Saturday, Reid gained 61 yards on four option runs and pitched to Keith Toston for a 40-yard gain. The Cowboys gained 101 of their 165 rushing yards in the game using the option, or 23 percent of their offense.

Although the option has gotten limited use so far, it could become a big weapon for the Cowboys when they open Big 12 Conference play next week at Kansas State.

OSU coach Mike Gundy says that as the Cowboys progress through league play, they'll have to be able to run the ball and that they'll continue to work on what they're doing and get better at it.

If nothing else, the five option plays show a strength that future opponents of the Cowboys must be prepared to deal with.