Oklahoma State football: After blowout, it's obvious Wes Lunt is the right guy for the job

OSU FOOTBALL — True freshman quarterback Wes Lunt was a cool customer Saturday night. He completed every pass he threw, going 11-for-11 for 129 yards in less than a quarter of game action.
by Jenni Carlson Published: September 1, 2012

Lunt directed touchdown drives on all four of the possessions that he played, but here's the truth — he was probably too efficient for his own good. Had he and the Cowboys not be so darn effective on those four drives, Lunt likely would've had a chance to play more.

As it was, his day was done before the second quarter.

A television crew from Lunt's hometown of Rochester, Ill., made the nine-hour drive to document his first college start. They started the trek around 2 a.m. Saturday after a long night of covering high school football.

Lunt was on the field for a grand total of 4 minutes, 6 seconds of game time.

Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he wasn't sure how to evaluate Lunt's performance. That's because of the caliber of opponent and because Lunt didn't have to make a bunch of tough throws.

Still, Monken said he worried most about the thing his quarterbacks could control, like lining everyone up correctly, calling the right play and getting the play off quickly. By those measures, Lunt looked solid, and for an 18-year-old in his first college start, that's a major step.

Remember, the kid was stepping into a situation Saturday that he's never experienced before. Yes, he has been practicing for months with the Cowboys. Yes, he played at Boone Pickens Stadium in the spring game. But really, none of that is the same as opening night of the season.

There are jitters and nerves for everyone.

“Wes came and told me, ‘It feels like a dream out there,'” Randle said. “I was like, ‘I know that feeling.'”

But if Lunt was feeling nervous, it never showed. Not in the locker room. Not on the field. Not even in the pregame meal.

“He ate a lot,” Monken said, sounding as proud of that as anything about Lunt's day.

The heat is soon to rise on Lunt. Next week's game at Arizona will be much tougher than anything he experienced against Savannah State. But if he handles it like he did Saturday, if he doesn't get burned, the youngster might just be in line for a nickname.

Cool Hand Lunt.

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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