The Cowboys have a dynamic duo in backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith. But there's room for Roland to contribute, too, if he's up for it.
“As soon as last season was over with,” Roland said, “I felt like I needed to mature up, get in the weight room a little bit and show the coaches that I want it. When it came to my time, I feel like I showed them.”
Lunt's backup, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, made his OSU debut, completing 13-of-21 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. While he lost a spring battle with Lunt for the starting job, he still figures in the offense, whether in a package designed to utilize his running skills or running the full offense.
“Words can't describe how I felt playing tonight,” Walsh said. “It's something you've got to cherish.”
Lampkin may have cherished his interception a bit too much, at least initially, carrying on enough to draw the ire of co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones.
“It was a nice play,” Spencer said. “He read the quarterback well, he sank back well. I'm going to have a little talk with him, and Coach Jones did, too, about a little excessive celebration. We'll get that out of him.
“That's not how we act after we've done something big. We need to act like we've done it before. He's young. And I'm glad to correct those kind of attitudes and errors than some others.”