Oklahoma State's Fiesta Bowl hopes still alive

By John Rohde Modified: November 20, 2009 at 8:27 am •  Published: November 20, 2009

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State still has hopes for a potential berth in the Fiesta Bowl.

For now.

Injured quarterback Zac Robinson, the heart of this Cowboy team, did not play in Thursday night’s 31-28 survival against Colorado at Boone Pickens Stadium. His status for next week’s regular-season finale at Oklahoma remains uncertain.

The same goes for the Cowboys’ hopes of beating the Sooners and making the program’s first BCS bowl.

"His head is clear, somewhat, and his shoulder is sore," OSU coach Mike Gundy said of Robinson’s prognosis. "It’s a combination of both of those."

Robinson was involved in a violent collision last Saturday night with Texas Tech cornerback Jamar Wall, who hit Robinson’s head and right (throwing) shoulder simultaneously.

News of Robinson’s ailing shoulder began as whispers earlier this week but became more evident during Thursday night’s pre-game warmup when he frequently held a football, but he did not throw a pass, nor did he attempt to lift his right arm.

Gundy said Robinson wanted to play. Instead, Robinson ceremoniously dressed in uniform on Senior Night. After OSU seniors were introduced during pregame and returned to the locker room, Robinson remained on the field and posed for pictures with family, friends, the pom squad (younger sister Katie Ann is a member) and Pistol Pete. He was never a threat to play.

Gundy said he expects Robinson to throw during Monday’s practice and his status will be evaluated throughout the week.

Backup Alex Cate took snaps with the first-team offense all week, replaced Robinson in the starting lineup, then was replaced himself by Brandon Weeden after halftime.

OSU trailed 14-10 at halftime, and the only thing more baffling than the first-half play-calling was how Cate possibly could have been listed ahead of Weeden on the depth chart.

Cate went 0 for 9 with one interception and several potential interceptions were dropped.

Don’t blame it all on Cate. He wasn’t the one calling the plays. Afterward, Gundy admitted he had a poor game plan.


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