Backup QB Walsh leads Oklahoma State to 65-24 win

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — When Oklahoma State lost starting quarterback Wes Lunt on the sixth play of the game, J.W. Walsh kept the nation's most productive offense chugging right along.

Walsh threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns after Lunt got hurt, and the Cowboys set a school record with 742 yards of total offense while beating Louisiana-Lafayette 65-24 on Saturday.

"The way the offense clicked today was just amazing," said Walsh, who also ran for 73 yards and a score. "Everyone, they were in the right spots, they were doing the right things, and it's just good to know that you've got the offense moving like it was."

Lunt stayed face down on the field for a few moments after getting hit by cornerback Melvin White as he scrambled backward and threw an incomplete pass on the Cowboys' first offensive series. Trainers helped him to the sidelines and he went to the locker room on crutches, with his injured left knee wrapped, late in the first quarter.

The Cowboys (2-1) didn't miss a beat without him, scoring on their first eight possessions to build a 44-0 halftime lead.

"It's unbelievable," said Walsh, a redshirt freshman who lost a three-way competition for the starter's job in the spring after Brandon Weeden was a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

"To be able to come out and play today the way we did as an offense, it was awesome. I really can't explain to you how much fun we had."

Coach Mike Gundy suggested that Lunt's injury isn't as bad as it looked, but he refused to provide specifics. Oklahoma State's policy is to release injury information the day before a game, and Gundy said he was going to stick with that leading up to the Sept. 29 game against No. 14 Texas.

The Cowboys, who are off next week, also had reserve cornerback Devin Hedgepeth carted off with a left leg injury.

"It's always unfortunate when you have a player that could have some sort of a severe injury — Wes or even Devin Hedgepeth," Gundy said. "That's one of the most difficult parts of being a football coach, is to see a player that's worked hard get injured. It just puts a knot in your stomach."

Walsh said his immediate reaction was to feel badly for Lunt, but then he knew he had work to do.

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