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."
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."
OSU entered the game as one of the nation's most penalized teams, averaging 82.5 yards per game to rank No. 116 nationally.
Against Baylor, the Cowboys were flagged just five times for 53 yards.
Dez: No word
The Cowboys are still awaiting word from the NCAA regarding the possible reinstatement of wide receiver Dez Bryant.
So far, mum's the word.
"People keep asking me when we'll know something on Dez," said OSU athletic director Mike Holder. "What they don't know is I'm waiting by the phone."
Spread the wealth
Nine Cowboys caught passes against Baylor, matching the season high set against Grambling State.
Tight end Cooper Bassett recorded his first career catch, a 9-yard grab in the second quarter, and later added his first career touchdown on a 19-yard reception.
Since Bryant was suspended four games ago, quarterback Zac Robinson has spread the ball to wideouts, running backs and tight ends who had barely been involved before.
"We've got good players," said co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer. "They're young. They're green. They're good players, they just haven't had a chance to show what they can do. Somebody has to step up. All those guys have been waiting there to do something."
Baylor's 43 rushing yards are the fewest the Cowboys have allowed this season.
That total also represents the lowest output by an opponent since last season against the Bears.
Dan the Man
With two field goals in as many tries Saturday, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey ran his streak of consecutive made attempts to six.
Contributing 10 points against Baylor, Bailey moved into 11th place on the school career scoring chart with 195 points. He passed Bob Fenimore (186), Abby Daigle (190) and Bryant (194).