It's been more than a month since Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt played in a game. And heading into Saturday's contest against Iowa State, his status is still questionable, at least publicly.
If Lunt is not ready to go against the Cyclones, we will have reached the halfway point of the season with the true freshman playing in one full game (Arizona), one quarter (Savannah State) and less than one drive (Louisiana-Lafayette).
And with two losses already in the books for OSU, has there been any talk of medically redshirting Lunt?
“No,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said earlier this week. “Certainly, when he was lying on the field out there, everybody thought he was done for the season, so it was not anything that would have to be up for discussion.
“Then we found out that it wasn't that type of injury. Now, it just becomes a day-to-day basis on stability and strength and pain tolerance.”
When will we see Lunt again? Perhaps this weekend. Perhaps not.
But since finding out the injury was not of the season-ending variety, the plan has always been to bring him back when ready.
OPPONENT WATCH: ISU KEY INJURY
The Cyclones will be without leading rusher James White after the running back had knee surgery Thursday.
While he leads Iowa State's ground game, White has run for just 264 yards, an indication of the struggles for a rushing offense that ranks last in the Big 12 and 85th nationally. The Cyclones haven't produced a 100-yard rusher since Shontrelle Johnson went for 120 in the season opener against Tulsa.
Johnson hasn't gained more than 44 yards in a game since.
REVENGE? VARIES FROM PLAYER TO PLAYER
ISU was the only team to beat the Cowboys a year ago, essentially ending their hopes for a spot in the national title game.
For some Cowboys, the loss has been both haunting and a motivator.
For others, revenge isn't a factor.
“I wasn't there. I didn't play,” said offensive lineman Jonathan Rush, who missed last year's game with an injury. “This is my team. But I don't have that taste in my mouth. I'm just going out there to play.”
MONKEN FINDS POSITIVE IN BALL SECURITY
OSU's offense struggled Saturday at Kansas, scoring just 20 points on a day when Joseph Randle and the running game couldn't get going, and J.W. Walsh had problems accurately throwing the ball down the field.
The biggest positive? Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said taking care of the football, especially in poor weather conditions, ranked high.
And that's been a trend through the last three games. Since turning the ball over four times against Arizona in Week 2, the Cowboys have not fumbled, while Walsh has thrown two interceptions. Overall, OSU is tied for 37th in the nation with nine turnovers lost this season.
“That's how you win games,” Monken said. “If you don't turn it over, you at least have a chance. In three games, we haven't put it on the deck. For our guys, it's a heck of a little run. I know it doesn't seem like much to the outside world, but it's good for us.”
Randle's ball security is an especially positive development. After Arizona, he had lost five fumbles in his last six games and was gaining a bit of a reputation as a fumbler. At least for the time being, it seems he has corrected those issues, after losing no fumbles in the first 22 games of his Cowboy career.