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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys' defense bounces back

Defensive coordinator Bill Young was back, and so was the Oklahoma State defense. A week after going M.I.A. in the desert in a 59-38 loss at Arizona, the Cowboys were back to business in Saturday's 63-24 win over Louisiana at Boone Pickens Stadium.
by Scott Wright Published: September 15, 2012
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GLIDDEN INTO ACTION

Mustang product David Glidden, a redshirt freshman, saw the first action of his OSU career, and he stayed busy in his new job.

Glidden, who missed the first two games with an ankle injury, was promptly inserted as the Cowboys' punt returner, a position of concern going back to last year.

Glidden was the top candidate for the job in spring, prior to his injury. Receiver Charlie Moore handled the duties the last two weeks with six returns for 55 yards.

Glidden got plenty of experience Saturday with Louisiana punting seven times. He returned five for 19 yards, including a 12-yarder. Glidden fielded all seven punts cleanly, which was the biggest concern for coaches.

ELKINS ABSENT

Linebacker Alex Elkins, who was questionable to play Saturday with an undisclosed injury, did not see the field. Demarcus Sherod got the start in his place.

Sherod, a 6-foot, 220-pound redshirt freshman, finished with three tackles, which doesn't sound like much, but four players led the team with four stops each.

The start was the first of Sherod's career. Offensive lineman Jake Jenkins and tight end Jeremy Seaton of Cashion also made their first career starts Saturday.

HEDGEPETH INJURED AGAIN

Oklahoma State lost its shutout on a play when points allowed seemed to mean very little. Louisiana's Blaine Gautier hit Darryl Surgent for a 73-yard touchdown when OSU defensive back Devin Hedgepeth went down with a lower leg injury early in the play.

Hedgepeth has had a history of injuries, tearing his Achilles tendon twice in the past year. Coach Mike Gundy's policy is to not release injury information until the Friday before the next game, but early indications from the sideline Saturday pointed to another Achilles injury in the same leg.

GUNDY WIN COUNTER

Saturday's win improved Gundy's coaching record to 61-31, putting him one win behind Pat Jones' record of 62 coaching victories at OSU. The earliest Gundy could break the record would be at Kansas on Oct. 13.

EXTRA POINTS

Through three games, the Cowboys offensive line has yet to allow a quarterback sack... Running back Joseph Randle's two rushing TDs gave him 30 for his career, the sixth Cowboy to reach that mark... Sharp's 51-yard field goal in the first quarter was the longest of his career... Louisiana kicker Brett Baer missed a field goal in the first half, snapping a streak of 18 consecutive made field goals... Saturday's attendance was 56,062, the seventh-largest crowd in school history.

by Scott Wright
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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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