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OSU notebook: No word on Dez Bryant

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: October 25, 2009 at 9:30 am •  Published: October 25, 2009

Hunter sits out again

Cowboys running back Kendall Hunter made the trip, suited for Saturday's game and even took part in pregame warm-ups, simulating running plays and catching passes, although gingerly.

Then he took his place on the OSU sideline and watched.

Now the question spins ahead: Will Hunter's sore ankle allow a return for Texas?

"Medically, he's been cleared," said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, echoing his statement from Monday. "He's practiced the last few weeks. I know everybody's looking at me, 'What does practice mean?' Well, he's practiced.

"But Kendall may have a chance to play beyond this level someday. So when he feels good and he's comfortable playing, then we'll play him. He gets a little bit better each week. We're not going to push Kendall out there. We have a responsibility to each young man on our team as an individual first and the team second. When he's ready to play, I think that he'll be out there playing."

Waco homecoming

OSU defensive backs Perrish Cox and Victor Johnson looked forward to their return to Waco, where they starred on the prep stage.

Neither had a banner day, yet the win made it a successful homecoming.

Cox was stymied in the return game, managing just one punt return and one kickoff return for a combined nine yards. He did post two tackles and broke up two passes.

Johnson returned one kickoff for 13 yards and finished with three tackles and a breakup.

"It was a nice return," said Johnson, who guessed that some 30 friends and family members were in the stands. "All my family was here and I got to play against some old teammates. Good trip."

Fewer flags

OSU entered the game as one of the nation's most penalized teams, averaging 82.5 yards per game to rank No. 116 nationally.