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by Jenni Carlson Published: October 29, 2011

STILLWATER — Todd Monken swears this isn't fun.

The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator commands one of the most high-powered bunches in college football. With a savvy quarterback, a dynamic receiver, a slick tailback and a deep cast of supporting characters, this is an entertaining group. It scores points fast and steamrolls opponents.

That's what the Cowboys did again Saturday.

OSU 59, Baylor 24.

But Monken insists being the orchestrator of this offensive symphony isn't all it's cracked up to be.

“This is not enjoyable,” he said, looking as serious as sin. “I was a lot more fun as a receivers coach. I had a lot less on my plate.”

I'm not sure anyone is going to feel sorry for Monken.

After all, he's having a pretty decent rookie season as the play caller in Stillwater. Not only has he helped lead the Cowboys to an 8-0 start and the No. 3 spot in the BCS rankings, but he has also made people forget about a guy who some Cowboys fans thought irreplaceable.

What was that guy's name again?

Oh, yeah, Dana Holgorsen.

When the Red-Bull-guzzling, surfer-dude-looking offensive mastermind bolted for West Virginia after last season, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. What would the Cowboys do without him? How would they manage? How would they look?

“Pretty good,” Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden said after Saturday's beat down. “It looks pretty good.”

No doubt about that.

Against Baylor, OSU rolled up 601 yards despite having only 63 plays. That kind of per-play average is ridiculous. Houston, which leads the nation in total offense, has averaged 7.8 yards a play this season. OSU averaged 9.5 against Baylor.

The Cowboys moved it any which way they wanted Saturday. On the ground, they rolled up 327 yards. Through the air, they amassed 274 yards.

“You saw today and you've seen all year, they're a very explosive offense,” Baylor linebacker Elliot Coffey said. “Very mature in terms of what they do. It's a difficult team to (defend).”

OSU tailback Joe Randle, who rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns, said, “At some point, it was just feeling like anything our offensive coordinator dialed up, we would be able to execute.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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