STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, who has started the past three games for the Cowboys, is out for the season with a knee injury, coach Mike Gundy revealed during his weekly teleconference Sunday evening.
Gundy said the injury happened in the first quarter of OSU’s 31-10 victory over Iowa State Saturday afternoon and is not career-threatening. Walsh remained in the game and threw for 415 yards, the ninth-best passing performance in school history, and a touchdown. He also rushed for 46 yards and a score.
“He finished the game and he ran, made throws,” Gundy said. “I’m speaking a little bit out of turn here, because it wasn’t an injury that progressively got worse. It just happened, and then he was able to play with the pain.
“I can only say that it was a pretty amazing performance. I would hate to use that term for a guy or a player on my team that’s only a freshman, but for him to finish the game the way he did and run the football and never say a word was really a terrific performance.”
Walsh’s injury is, of course, the second blow to a quarterback the Cowboys have been dealt this season, as starter Wes Lunt sustained a left knee/ankle injury on the Cowboys' first drive against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15.
Walsh had filled in since Lunt’s injury, and on the season completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,467 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
When asked about his health following the game Saturday, Walsh said he felt “100 percent.”
“I just got tackled and got up a little slow, but I’m fine,” Walsh said then.
Now it becomes even more crucial for the Cowboys that Lunt returns soon. Gundy said Lunt practiced last week and that he is “guessing” he will be ready to start Saturday against TCU. He has been available to play since OSU’s contest at Kansas on Oct. 13, according to Gundy.
Should Lunt start against TCU, Clint Chelf would become OSU’s backup quarterback. Former walk-on Jase Chilcoat, who returned to the team on scholarship when Lunt got hurt, would be third on the depth chart.
“It’s kind of the way it is,” Gundy said of the barrage of quarterback injuries. “You can only control what you can control. For me as a coach, I just hate it for the player…it just tears you up inside when you have to see a young man, when they’ve worked their tail off, they get put in those situations.
“As a team, we’re fine. We rally, other guys play and we keep rolling. But it’s just a heartbreaker for the coach when you see a young man that’s out for the year.”