In jumping out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead, OSU escaped an expected lopsided contest without any significant injuries, Gundy said.
One expected contributor in 2012 who did not play Saturday night was backup inside receiver/returner David Glidden, who's been bothered by an ankle injury since the end of spring football.
Gundy said Glidden, a redshirt freshman from Mustang, is “doing good” and is expected to practice this week.
DENTON GUYER FLASHBACK
When backup quarterback J.W. Walsh flipped a 6-yard pass to Josh Stewart early in the second quarter Saturday night, it revived an old high school connection.
Walsh and Stewart frequently hooked up at Denton Guyer, providing a familiar pitch-and-catch combination for a team that produced one of the top prep offenses in Texas. Saturday's pass play was their first as Cowboys.
“It felt good to be able to throw a pass to him and keep that connection going,” Walsh said. “It was real special.”
Sophomore defensive end Jimmy Bean and freshman fullback Dominic Ramacher are also from Guyer High. While neither played in the opener, they still shared in the experience.
“It's crazy,” Walsh said, “not many people get to go to the next level with four people you hung out with from high school. And to have that, it's a special opportunity. And we're all thankful to have that.”