Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young missed the Cowboys' 84-0 victory over Savannah State because of an undisclosed illness, and co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said the shutout — OSU's first at Boone Pickens Stadium since 2001 — was important in Young's absence.
“It was strange. I miss him. I talked to him every day this week,” Spencer said. “He was with me. He was with all of us tonight.
“When I came down in the second half, every time before the defense went on the field I'd say, ‘Hey, we need to get this shutout for Bill Young.'
“Even if it was the fourth-team guys there most of the second half, I said, ‘It doesn't matter. We're holding you accountable. We can get this shutout for Bill.' So that's what the defense was playing for tonight.”
MOORE SUSPENDED FOR OPENER
Cowboys wideout Tracy Moore sat out the opener under suspension for violation of team rules.
Moore had his third run-in with the law in the past six months last week when he was cited on suspicion of providing alcohol to a minor by the Stillwater police department.
Additionally, he was cited on a complaint of public intoxication in March and cited for outraging public decency in June. He was fined for all three incidents but never charged with a crime.
“I didn't want to play him tonight after his last incident,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He'll be back with us (Sunday) night.”
Moore was a projected starter for the season opener and is the Cowboys' top returning receiver, catching 45 passes for 672 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2011.
In his place, Charlie Moore got the start and finished with three catches for 18 yards.
Tracy Moore has also had a past brush with the Cowboy coaching staff, as he played only on special teams during the Fiesta Bowl after a spat with an assistant during a practice.
GUNDY DISCUSSES FINAL SCORE
Gundy was asked if he felt he could have done anything differently to keep the score from getting out of hand, despite sticking to run plays and lateral passing most of second half.
“I don't think I should have to comment on what the score was,” he said. “I think it's irrelevant at this point. I'm just glad the kids went out and played hard. We play the games that are scheduled and go on down the road.
He was then asked if he would consider playing a game against an opponent of Savannah State's talent level in the future.
“I don't want to comment on anything about Savannah State, out of respect for them. The game was scheduled and we played it,” he said.
LUNT'S SHORT NIGHT
OSU fans got a good, long look at their freshman quarterback, but not the one they really wanted to see. True freshman starter Wes Lunt was in the game for exactly 20 plays, exiting with a 35-0 lead before the first quarter ended.
He was 11-of-11 passing, the first time an OSU quarterback with more than 10 pass attempts has finished a game with a completion percentage of 100.
“You'd like to get (starters) some more work, but there comes a point where you have to get them out,” Gundy said. “We just feel like it's the right thing to do. Get the other kids on the field and give them an opportunity to play.”
Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh entered for two series of the first quarter and quarterbacked the team through most of the second and third periods.