Oklahoma State football: Cowboys get the shutout for defensive coordinator Bill Young

by Scott Wright and John Helsley Published: September 1, 2012

Coaches have publicly discussed an offensive packaged designed for Walsh to utilize his running ability, but he got the opportunity to show his skills in the full offense.

Walsh was 13 of 21 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He rushed three times for 29 yards.

PRODUCTIVE PUNT RETURNS

OSU had 79 total punt return yards last season — yes, season. The Cowboys passed that mark in the first half Saturday night with the combination of Charlie Moore, Ashton Lampkin and Caleb Muncrief.

Josh Cooper's role as punt returner last year was essentially a choice of reliability in handling the ball, but Moore could provide that, along with more of a threat for big plays.

The position was an area of concern last spring, but coaches feel Moore has solidified himself in that role.

Moore returned three punts for 46 yards. In all, the trio compiled 153 yards on nine returns.

WHAT A RUSH

By halftime, Oklahoma State had tied its school record for rushing touchdowns in a game with seven, a record set in 1977 against UTEP. With two more rushing scores in the second half, the Cowboys finished with nine in all.

Joseph Randle had his ninth multi-touchdown game and the seventh 100-yard rushing performance of his career, finishing with 107 on six carries.

MUNCRIEF AMONG ROOKIES IN ACTION

In addition to Lunt, Muncrief and Lampkin were two of many true freshmen who saw their on-field careers begin Saturday, in lieu of being redshirted.

Muncrief was a late addition in the recruiting process when the Cowboys lured him away from Tulsa in late January. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Madill product entered as a punt returner in the second quarter, then stepped in at running back, carrying the ball five times for 22 yards

Lampkin returned two punts for 33 yards and also came up with a first-half interception. Defensive back Kevin Peterson of Wagoner also played.

Receiver was the hot spot for true freshmen.

Austin Hays led all receivers with eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Blake Webb, C.J. Curry and Brandon Sheperd also caught at least one pass.

WIN COUNT

Saturday marked Gundy's 60th coaching victory. He ranks second all-time at OSU behind Pat Jones, who won 62 games. Gundy is 7-1 in season openers and unbeaten in home openers.

OSU has won seven straight home games. The school record is 10 straight, set in 2002-03.

KICKING IT DEEP

There had been some discussion about the theory of whether kickoffs should be kicked deep into the end zone, or kicked high, landing in play near the goal line in hopes of limiting returns.

The decision is more important because of the rule change bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line instead of the 20.

All of OSU's kicks went into the end zone Saturday, including those by backup kickers Bobby Stonebreaker, a Tuttle product, and Matt Green.

Savannah State returned two kickoffs, bringing both out of the end zone. Neither return went past the 15-yard line.

EXTRA POINTS

* The Cowboys have had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 27 straight games.

* Fifth-stringer Corey Bennett got the most action of the night at running back, with 12 carries, netting 91 yards and a touchdown while the Cowboys tried to run out the second-half clock. Bennett is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound redshirt freshman walk-on from Choctaw.

* Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott of OSU was recognized twice on the field, including at halftime when the Cowboy Marching Band performed some Olympic-themed music.


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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