Oklahoma State football notebook: Injuries hit Cowboys' secondary

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 2, 2013

WEST TEXAS WIN STREAK

Winning at Texas Tech is never easy.

Oklahoma State has just made it look that way.

With Saturday night's 52-34 victory, the Cowboys became the first team to win three consecutive games over the Red Raiders in Lubbock since Nebraska did it in 1994, 1996 and 2000. And the three OSU wins haven't been close. In 2010, the Cowboys won in Lubbock 34-17, and in 2011, they won 66-6.

That means OSU has won by a combined 95 points in its last three games at Texas Tech.

INJURIES HIT SECONDARY

Injuries continue to thin the Cowboy secondary.

Tyler Patmon got his second start as a Cowboy, replacing Kevin Peterson at cornerback. Peterson left last week's game at Iowa State with a presumed injury and didn't even travel to Texas Tech.

Patmon, the senior transfer from Kansas, finished with six tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break up.

The Cowboy secondary continued to thin when Shamiel Gary went down with an injury late in the first half. He didn't play in the second half and was replaced largely by freshman Deric Robertson.

Safety Daytawion Lowe and linebacker Joe Mitchell also missed snaps during the game because of injuries.

“You don't really want to be short secondary players when you're playing that type of offense,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said.

OSU FINDS LINE CONTINUITY

For the first time all season, OSU started the same five offensive linemen in back-to-back games: center Jake Jenkins, guards Parker Graham and Blake Webb, and tackles Daniel Koenig and Brandon Garrett.

That unit played most of the way two weeks ago against TCU, but Chris Grisbhy actually started that game.

COWBOY BLOCK PARTY

Texas Tech senior Ryan Erxleben has only had three punts blocked in his career. All have come against the Cowboys.

Derek Branson, a junior walk-on fullback from McKinney, Texas, bolted through the Tech line and blocked a punt almost off Erxleben's foot. Branson recovered at the Tech 15-yard line with 4:53 left in the first quarter.

OSU scored four plays later to take a 21-0 lead.

Zack Craig blocked two Erxleben punts last season in Stillwater, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

WRINKLE FOR STEWART

The Cowboys have often said that they want to get the ball in Josh Stewart's hands, and Saturday, they found a new way to do it.

They lined Stewart up in the backfield.


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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