STILLWATER — With running back Joseph Randle bolting for another distant touchdown romp, Oklahoma State guard Nick Martinez jogged from behind, windmilling his arm like Ron Washington on the steps of the Texas Rangers' dugout.
It's becoming a common scene with these Cowboys: gaping hole appears, Randle or Jeremy Smith or even Herschel Sims bolts through with defenders hopelessly in pursuit. Somewhere behind, Martinez or some other lineman is signaling for a celebration.
“I think (Michael) Bowie's tagged along on that, after seeing it last week on film,” said Cowboys center Grant Garner. “He kind of made fun of Nick doing it this week. It's pretty funny.
“I think linemen, we have a lot of fun and like to celebrate with each other.”
And what fun times for OSU linemen, in an offense that spins video game stats and points.
Slip screen? Flip screen? Power dive or receiver reverse?
It's all good, literally.
OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken keeps pulling the strings, whether unleashing Brandon Weeden-to-Justin Blackmon in the all-out spread or utilizing three backs in the power diamond formation.
“It's a lot of fun,” said Garner a senior fixture up front for the Cowboys. “The linemen, we're always lobbying for more run plays, but Weeden is so good and the receivers are so good, I'm sure it's hard for Monken to run the ball.
“We just try to take advantage of every opportunity we get to run. We're having a blast, the most fun we've had since I've been here, without question.”
The bigger blast for linemen, of course, is blowing holes in defensive fronts. That's long been the measure of a Saturday job well done among the blue collar workers in the trenches, as well as o-line coaches like OSU's Joe Wickline.
“I think that's how you're graded as an offensive lineman,” Garner said, “how you run the ball.”
But that alone doesn't credit these Cowboys blockers for their versatility. OSU has run the ball fewer times than any team in the Big 12, yet no one is better than the Pokes' 5.4-yard average per rush.
OSU also ranks second in the Big 12 — and fourth nationally — in passing offense. And through 372 pass attempts, the Cowboys' front has allowed but 10 sacks.
“They take a lot of pride in run blocking,” Weeden said. “In an offense like this, they always get tagged as spread guys, but they take a lot of pride in pounding and running the football. So does coach Wickline. If it was up to him, and we ran 80 plays, 79 of them would be run plays. He's all about pounding the rock.
“They keep me clean and all that, but what they're able to accomplish doing both, I'm very fortunate. It makes my job a lot easier.”
Through eight games, the Cowboys have produced 15 runs of at least 20 yards, with 10 going 30 or longer and six for touchdowns. Saturday against Baylor, Randle, Smith and Sims all broke off 60-plus-yard romps.
Weeden has always maintained that he owns the best seat in the house for viewing OSU's explosive running plays.
Now he wants the driver's seat. Seeing all the gaping holes, he wants his own designed run play.
“I begged for that (Sunday) night,” Weeden said. “I absolutely begged for that. I want to score, even if it's from the 1-yard line. I can get a yard, especially through those holes.”
Bring back the zone read?
“I don't know about zone read, that's the old offense, I'll leave that alone,” Weeden said. “But I'm all for a quarterback draw here and there.”
Don't expect Monken to go for that.
But that's no slight on the work up front.
“Those guys are doing a great job,” Monken said. “I think if you ask them, what are the two most important stats — and that goes all the way up to the highest level — it's not allowing sacks and rushing yards. There's a lot of pride taken in opening up holes for your running backs.
“They don't get as much credit when we throw it for a lot of yards. That means we've been well protected. It doesn't come across that way and it doesn't feel that way, but it should.”