WACO, Texas — Zac Robinson's towel fell to the ground after he dived into the end zone after one of four touchdowns he accounted for Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Wide receiver Seth Newton picked up the towel and wiped off the front of Robinson's helmet. It was if Newton was wiping his quarterback's brow for all his hard work.
Robinson has worked so hard since he took over the starting job two months ago he's reached a significant milestone.
OSU's record for total yards in a season doesn't belong to Josh Fields or even Barry Sanders. Robinson sits on top after directing the Cowboys to a 45-14 win over Baylor that made them bowl-eligible.
"It's a good accomplishment for him,” said coach Mike Gundy. "Two things have benefited him. We have great skill on the perimeter. We have really good running backs that teams have to defend. And this system puts him in good position.”
Count me among the skeptics when OSU coaches announced in September that Robinson was replacing Bobby Reid. Nothing against Robinson. But Reid had a solid season last year. He's third on the all-time total yards list.
It took only two or three games to see why coaches made the change.
"Zac has what we call the it factor,” said offensive coordinator Larry Fedora. "Some guys have it. They're winners. They seem to make plays. They seem to help guys around them rise up.”
Most would be surprised to know that Robinson has compiled stats similar to Oregon star Dennis Dixon, who was the Heisman Trophy front-runner before his injury Thursday night.
Robinson has passed for 282 more yards than Dixon and run for 122 more yards. Oregon's QB has an edge in touchdowns produced (29-26). Dixon has thrown four fewer interceptions.