Injured quarterback Wes Lunt tossed a few passes on the side during OSU's standard light workout Sunday night.
When will he return for real?
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said perhaps later this week.
“He's doing better,” Gundy said Monday during his weekly turn on SiriusXM's College Sports Today show. “I think by the end of the week, he'll be out there and throwing it in practice with us. That type of injury is all based on flexibility and the strength that he can get and how fast he can get it back.
“At the latter part of the week last week, he didn't have enough of it.”
After taking Monday off, the Cowboys will practice through Thursday, before coaches release them for the weekend, due to the bye week.
Gundy said it was important not to rush Lunt, who suffered a knee injury against Louisiana-Lafayette. And there's no need, with two weeks before the next game.
“Because of the youth and his career, we want to make sure he's full speed, feels comfortable — both physically and mentally — before we put him back out there,” Gundy said. “But we're thinking he should be back out later in the week.”
OSU-KANSAS TIME SET
The kickoff time for OSU's next game — Oct. 13 at Kansas — has been set for 2:30 p.m.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. It will mark the Cowboys' second appearance on the network this season, after also beating Louisiana-Lafayette on FSN.
CLOSE NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Reflecting on the loss to Texas, the case can be made that one play here or there might have swung the 41-36 game OSU's way.
“I thought we did the things that we do at Oklahoma State, things that normally win the game,” said Cowboys running back Joseph Randle. “We gave it our all. We fought to the end.
“Even before that last (trick) play, everyone in the huddle thought we were still going to win the game. We just lost.”
HORNS PREPARED FOR WALSH
Texas coach Mack Brown said he never believed Lunt would start at quarterback for Oklahoma State on Saturday night against the Longhorns.
Brown said Monday that a look of the video footage that captured the left knee injury Lunt sustained early in the Cowboys' win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15 convinced him to focus on Lunt's replacement, J.W. Walsh, who started and played the entire game.
“What we have to do is look at the video and try to figure out, after 37 years of this stuff, if he was on our team, would he be playing or not?” Brown said. “After watching the injury, we did not think he would play.”
OSU had listed Lunt “or” Walsh as the projected starter against the Longhorns.
Still, the Longhorns spent last week preparing for the dual-threat quarterback in Walsh, rather than a pocket passer in Lunt. And Walsh, a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate start, threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against UT while adding 57 rushing yards.
“That's what's worse,” Brown said with a chuckle. “We still couldn't stop him.”
By John Helsley and Gina Mizell