OSU football notebook: Cowboys4Ever not so 4Ever
4EVER... OR NOT
OK, so John Martin's entrance song, "Cowboys 4Ever," wasn't such a hit a year ago.
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But it was never as bad as it was made out to be.
Still, 4Ever doesn't mean forever. Martin's song was scratched from the playlist.
And OSU took the easy route in the season opener, opting for clichÃ© with a bit from Audioslave.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
* Cougars coach Paul Wulff: "We're fragile enough and young enough we get in spells and things go against us. And we didn't respond very well. I thought our kids played tight for a while. We just didn't play. I think we wanted to, really bad. And they really want to do great. They didn't cut it loose. They played tentative."
* Wulff on Kendall Hunter: "We went up against a running back who is special. He set the tone for their whole offense and the tempo of the ball game. He dictated the game in several ways."
* WSU defensive end Brandon Rankin on Hunter: "He's a good player, we just didn't wrap him up and take him down like we're supposed to. Too much shoulder tackling, but nothing we can't work on and get better at."
* Cougars freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson: "I enjoyed it. It was a fun game, except for the score part. It didn't come out quite as we wanted it to."
ESPN analyst Bruce Feldman, following a Twitter feed on the possibility of Brandon Weeden putting up big numbers in Dana Holgorsen's offense, added this:
"Strongest arm of any QB to start in that system."
In the span of a few plays, the Cowboys lost both starting defensive tackles Shane Jarka and Chris Donaldson to apparent knee injuries.
Jarka spent the second half on crutches, while Donaldson stood on the sideline.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said both were doubtful for Saturday's game against Troy, but said the thought was that neither suffered a long-term setback.
"Seven days, 10 days, 14 days, something like that," Gundy said.
That needs to be the case, as defensive tackle may be OSU's thinnest position.
With those two out, the Cowboys played primarily with sophomore Nigel Nicholas and redshirt freshman Anthony Rogers, with true freshman Davidell Collins mixing in late.
Weeden's last series his planned last series ended with him shaking his throwing hand after hitting it against a defender's helmet. After the game, he said he was fine.
IN AND OUT
Gundy never revealed his plan for Jamie Blatnick and Victor Johnson, who both missed extended time in the preseason for disciplinary action related to off-the-field incidents.
Johnson played, Blatnik did not.
Johnson didn't start at free safety, but did see significant time.
OSU's 65 points were the program's best in an opener during the modern era.
The previous best: 59 points against Wichita State to open the 1974 season.
Before that, Oklahoma A&M scored 90 in a win over Northwestern (OK) in 1916.
The blowout allowed the Cowboys to nearly empty their bench.
As a result, 29 players appeared in their first game for OSU, including 12 true freshmen and nine redshirt freshmen.
"Just about everybody on our roster got to play tonight," Gundy said, "which is good."
The Cougars faced three separate major fourth-down decisions near the same area in OSU territory and took three distinctly different approaches ï¿½ all in the second quarter.
From the Cowboys 39, kicker Nico Grasu was called on and he hit a 56-yard field goal.
From the Cowboys 37, with the score 24-10, the Cougars tried a fake field goal on fourth-and-5. Taking a pitch from the holder, Grasu ran for the chains around left end and was knocked out of bounds a yard short.
"We knew we wanted to get another score and the play set up nicely for us and we thought we had it," Grasu said. "But the ref just spotted it at a different spot from where I thought I had gotten."
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