Oklahoma State senior Grant Garner, on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Award that goes to the nation's top center, did not play in Saturday's 70-28 win over Kansas. He was out with a spained knee.
Garner had started 17 straight games dating back to last year's opener.
Making his first career start in Garner's place was senior Casey LaBrue, an Enid native who transferred from Missouri State after his freshman season.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said that, had it been the last game of the season, Garner would have played.
“I would be surprised if he doesn't play next week (at Texas),” Gundy said.
“I thought LaBrue did a nice job.”
JOHNSON SEES FIRST ACTION
Sophomore linebacker Tyler Johnson saw his first action of the 2011 season Saturday.
Johnson, who had been battling Caleb Lavey for the starting middle linebacker job before a preseason knee injury, led the Cowboys with seven tackles Saturday.
Johnson returned to practice during the bye week.
“Everything turned out good for the first game back,” Johnson said, adding that there was no pain in his knee.
SIMS DOES, TOO
True freshman running back Herschel Sims also got playing time for the first time in 2011 on Saturday.
Sims played on special teams, then got his first career carry — a seven-yard gain — after the Cowboys went up 56-7 in the second quarter.
Sims went on to rush 7 times for 22 yards, and scored his first career touchdown — a one-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
“His work habit has been much better the last few weeks,” Gundy said. “Prior to that he wasn't ready to play mentally or physically. He's got a long ways to go, but he was better the last couple weeks.”
Seven children who are fighting cancer got an opportunity to tour Boone Pickens Stadium, walk to the stadium with the team before Saturday's game and run on the field through the tunnel.
All but one of the children is from Oklahoma. The other, named Molly, is from England.
Molly, 8 years old, is at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City for proton beam therapy because surgery isn't possible for her rare form of cancer.
Molly wasn't orginally scheduled for Saturday's events, but was invited after OSU's Spirit Squad and Ann Hargis, school president Burns Hargis' wife, visited her.
The opportunity is sponsored by Special Spectators, the Cavett Kids Foundation and OSU Coaches vs. Cancer.
WEEDEN BEING SACKED MORE
Brandon Weeden was sacked just four times in conference play last season.
Through two conference games this season, Weeden has been sacked three times — twice two weeks ago at Texas A&M and once in Saturday's rout of Kansas.
Saturday's sack came on the Cowboys' first play from scrimmage. He was dropped by KU's Toben Opurum for a nine-yard loss.
Oklahoma State backup quarterback Clint Chelf had a big family moment during Saturday's win over Kansas.
Early in the third quarter, Chelf, a sophomore, hooked up with his brother, senior receiver Colton Chelf, for a 39-yard completion. It is the longest connection they've had together at OSU.
“We've been trying to work that out for a while now,” Clint Chelf said, adding that it happened on a broken play.
“He got a signal that I gave him mixed up, and I saw him running down the field so I just threw it to him.
“We're still trying to get that Chelf-to-Chelf touchdown; that would be pretty sweet.”
JAYHAWKS NOT OVERMATCHED?
A 70-28 final score would indicate to most that the winning team was much better than the losing team.
But Opurum said he felt like that wasn't the case Saturday.
“To be honest, I felt like we shot ourselves in the foot more than us being overmatched,” Opurum said. “We made mistakes, but give them credit for capitalizing on that.”
Oklahoma State busted out its fifth different uniform combination for Saturday's win over Kansas.
The Cowboys wore black helmets, black jerseys and orange pants.
Oklahoma State has its choice of 48 different helmet-jersey-pants combinations.
Oklahoma State faced a Kansas defense that entered Saturday's game giving up an average of over 250 yards per game on the ground.
But the Cowboys came out firing on their first drive, with eight passing plays called.
Weeden was sacked on the first play and threw one incomplete pass, but the Cowboys marched down the field in 1:49 and scored on a 12-yard TD pass to Josh Cooper.
For the game, the Cowboys ran 27 times for 106 yards.
* OSU didn't waste any time when it had the ball. Of the Cowboys' 10 scoring drives, only three lasted longer than two minutes. Four took less than one minute off the clock.
* Sophomore running back Jeremy Smith rushed for a touchdown in his ninth consecutive game. He scored on a 38-yard run in the first quarter.
* Saturday marked the first time in Oklahoma State history that two Cowboys passed for more than 200 yards in a game. Weeden finished with 288 yards, and Clint Chelf had 206.
* Senior receiver Hubert Anyiam's 56-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest of his career. He finished Saturday with 85 yards and two touchdowns.
* OSU has now won seven of its last eight meetings with Kansas, with the one loss coming in 2007 in Stillwater.
* OSU booster Boone Pickens held the opening coin toss in the stadium that bears his name.
* The Boone Pickens Stadium crowd of 58,030 was the second-largest crowd to watch an OSU home game, 486 shy of the record, which was set in 2009 against Texas.