STILLWATER — Wes Lunt could feel the heat.
How could he not?
It was 127 degrees on the field at kickoff, after all.
Of course, that wasn't the only heat on the Oklahoma State true freshman Saturday night. He was making his first career start. He was following a legend in Brandon Weeden. And he was doing it all less than four months after getting his high school diploma.
But if Young Weston felt the fire from any of that, he sure didn't show it.
On a night that OSU throttled Savannah State 84-0 and left you wondering if it should be illegal for major-college teams to schedule lower-level teams, Lunt was one cool customer.
He was perfect.
Lunt completed every pass that he threw. Eleven passes, he attempted. Eleven passes, he completed. It was the first time in OSU history that a quarterback had ever completed a hundred percent of his attempts when throwing at least 10 passes.
In the process, it became obvious that Lunt was the right guy for this job.
“He actually wasn't nervous at all,” Cowboy receiver Isaiah Anderson said. “He didn't seem to get rattled at all by the fans or coming out of the tunnel at all.”
Granted, Savannah State is not only an FCS team but also a bad FCS team. Everyone knew it going into the game, but it became painfully obviously early on. The Tigers' first play from scrimmage was a false start. Their players were clearly undersized. Their first drive went for minus-11 yards.
And the Savannah State defense wasn't any better.
The thing is, the way Lunt played would've been impressive regardless of the opponent. Heck, the Cowboys could've been running their plays against no one, and you would've come away impressed with Lunt.
He directed the offense like a veteran. The Cowboys were quick to the line and quick off the ball.
“I caught myself having to hurry myself to get lined up,” Anderson said.
Lunt was sharp throwing the ball, too. He had good pace. He had nice touch. And it didn't matter whether it was a swing pass or a dump off or a long ball.
“He did his job,” Cowboy running back Joe Randle said. “He did everything the coaches asked him to do.”
“Sometimes I forget he's a freshman.”
If Lunt keeps playing this way, everyone else will forget, too.