Bryant shows glimpse of future as star freshman has nine catches and two scores

By Jake Trotter Modified: January 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm •  Published: January 1, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. — Oklahoma State's offense has made a living off star wide receivers in recent years.

Monday night, OSU fans got a glimpse at the next.

At times, freshman receiver Dez Bryant looked like the best player on the field as he caught nine passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Cowboys past Indiana 49-33 at the Insight Bowl.

Bryant became the first player in OSU history to have more than one touchdown catch in a bowl game and tied the school record for bowl touchdown receptions in a career.

"Dez certainly has a lot of talent,” coach Mike Gundy said. "When the ball is in the air, Dez is competitive as probably most people in our league.”

For most of this year, Bryant was an alternative option in the Cowboy attack with other playmakers like running back Dantrell Savage, wide receiver Adarius Bowman and tight end Brandon Pettigrew part of the arsenal.

But next season, Savage and Bowman will be gone and Pettigrew could join them if he bolts early for the NFL.

That likely will leave Bryant as OSU's best offensive weapon next year, along with quarterback Zac Robinson.

Against the Hoosiers, Bryant appeared ready to take on that role.

On a first quarter drive, Bryant picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty that pushed the Cowboys back to second-and-goal from the Indiana 24-yard line.

But Bryant more than made up for that blunder.

On the next play, Robinson pump-faked a screen, then lofted a pass into the end zone to Bryant, who had gotten behind the Hoosier secondary.

Bryant made the lunging catch to put OSU ahead, 14-3.

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