STILLWATER — Last week served the Oklahoma State offense with a shot of confidence. Saturday served up confirmation. Again without two-thirds of the Triplets — wideout Dez Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter — the Cowboys kept the offense rolling, this time against the best defense they’ve faced through the halfway point in the season.
Where Texas A&M had been a sieve, Missouri came to Stillwater with a decent defense, ranking No. 45 in total defense, No. 27 in scoring defense and boasting one of the league’s stud linebackers in Sean Weatherspoon. Both games should serve the Cowboys well. The A&M outing was step one for OSU’s next wave of offensive playmakers to not only get involved, but believe they belonged. And it worked, with a cast of new receivers coming through with catches, touchdowns and plays to extend scoring drives. "I’ve been saying we had some guys who have the opportunity to be pretty good,” co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "They’re just not there yet. They’re green and they hadn’t had any war time. "Now, the more war time they get… I’m not saying they’re going to be picked by the Green Bay Packers in the first round, but we’d just like them to be good college football players who someday grow into something special.” They grew further against Missouri, especially sophomore wideout Hubert Anyiam, who went without a catch through three games this season, but produced 10 for 119 yards and a critical touchdown Saturday night. It’s not exactly a "Dez who?” situation for OSU, but it’s far from the dreaded situation most teams would face when losing their most dynamic player. "Hubert’s done a nice job for us, stepping in for Dez,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.