The heavy throw total wasn't at all the game plan, but a necessity when the Cowboys fell behind. At that point, there was no easing Lunt through his first road game.
“We tried not to do that,” Monken said. “We tried to run it, play-action it, keep things fairly simple. But when the game's in the balance …”
That said, Monken said he isn't afraid to turn Lunt loose, especially if enemy defenses dictate such an approach.
“The good thing is, his whole high school life he threw it for a living,” Monken said. “It's not like he's out of his element just dropping back and throwing.
“And it's not hard to see he has an unbelievable demeanor and a pocket presence. And he's very accurate.”
FINDING OSU'S PUNT RETURNER AN ADVENTURE
Finding the Cowboys' replacement for Josh Cooper at punt returner has been a bit of an adventure.
Prime candidate David Glidden has been hurt since the end of the spring. Josh Stewart couldn't hold onto the ball in the spring finale. Charlie Moore, Ashton Lampkin and Caleb Muncrief were late additions in the role during the preseason, with Moore coming out as the No. 1 returner.
“Sometimes I didn't know,” Gundy said. “They'd send somebody out there and I thought, ‘Oh, well that will be neat. We'll get to watch them.' It's just been quite a ride.'”
Moore, Lampkin and Muncrief all returned at least two punts against Savannah State, but Moore was the only one to do it at Arizona. And Moore simply did not look comfortable in his three returns for nine yards, often letting the ball bounce in front of him and essentially diving on it.
Glidden could return from injury as soon as this week.