Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said during his Sunday evening media teleconference that he will no longer discuss player injuries.
OSU had been releasing an NFL-style report the Friday before each game with the status of injured players. But before its contest with Texas, the school opted not to put out a report, which would have included starting quarterback Wes Lunt.
“We're not giving any injury reports on anybody,” Gundy said. “We're going the other way. We're not even going to talk about anybody on our team in any area concerning injuries.
“I tried to kind of work with it, but it didn't do us any good.”
Lunt, who sustained a left knee injury early in the Cowboys' contest against Louisiana-Lafayette, did not play Saturday night. Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh instead got the start and threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while adding 57 rushing yards.
Gundy did mention during the teleconference that safety Lavocheya Cooper did not play because of injury Saturday night. Jeremy Smith also left the game with an apparent injury in the first half.
Starting center Evan Epstein and starting linebacker Alex Elkins, who did not play against ULL, both returned to the field against the Longhorns.
COWBOYS TO KEEP SAME BYE WEEK SCHEDULE
A scheduling quirk, largely because of conference realignment, has given OSU two byes in three weeks before finishing the season with eight straight weeks with a game.
But even though the Cowboys just had an open date to rest bodies, Gundy said the team will stick with the same plan. Players will be off Monday, practice Tuesday through Thursday, then have the weekend off before returning for their normal Sunday evening workout.
“You try to get too much done, and you take their legs away from them,” Gundy said, “and you limit your ability a month from now, in our opinion. We can't try to do too much, and we've got to get quality work done.
“We've kind of figured out a formula that we like, and that's what we'll stay with for the remainder of the season.”
GUNDY TIPS HAT TO CROWD
Saturday night's crowd of 56,709 was the seventh-largest in the history of Boone Pickens Stadium, and Gundy said the game atmosphere might have been “the best it's ever been.”
“They're learning when to get loud and really doing a nice job,” Gundy said. “And then I was proud of them — when the game was over and our players were leaving the field, they stood up and gave them a standing ovation. I think that's really important.
“I think that shows a lot about Oklahoma State and the people. They obviously felt the same way I did, that the guys played hard and never gave in, and just came up a little short.”