“I bounced back with this game and it was very helpful for me,” he said. “I needed that.”
While the OSU offense was sputtering early in the game, offensive coordinator Todd Monken mixed in some trick plays, possibly to provide a spark to what Gundy termed a “flat” offense.
“We carry more of those plays than we traditionally have,” Gundy said of the trick plays. “We have more of those plays that we work; we just haven't run them. In the situation you're at, at times, you have to find a way to get big plays.”
One such play would have gone for a touchdown except for a holding call. Lunt threw laterally to Randle, who passed downfield to Blake Jackson in the end zone.
“Wes was struggling a little bit early,” Gundy said. “We had to find ways to get big plays that are not normal for our offense.”
For the second time this year, a former Millwood Falcon appeared at Boone Pickens Stadium for the visiting team. Defensive back Josh Turner played for Texas last month, and defensive tackle Davion Pierson saw the field for TCU Saturday.
Pierson, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound redshirt freshman, is in the Horned Frogs' primary rotation at nose guard. He was in on two tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss.
ROBINSON IN TOWN
Former Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson returned to Stillwater Saturday, while his current team, the Cincinnati Bengals, had the week off.
Robinson, who played for the Cowboys from 2006-09, is now on the Bengals practice squad. He had considered bringing Bengals starter Andy Dalton — a former TCU QB — on the trip, but Dalton had another obligation.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden used Twitter to weigh in on the action Saturday afternoon, sticking up for Randle, Weeden's backfield mate last season at OSU:
“I'm getting sick of (Randle) running his tail off and no one helping him up off the ground.”
Sophomore receiver Josh Stewart is quickly moving up OSU's single-season reception chart. With a team-high six catches for 120 yards, he has 48 catches on the year, putting him 17th on the list... Jeremy Smith's 1-yard TD run on fourth down in the third quarter was his first rushing touchdown since last year's Bedlam game... Receiver Charlie Moore has a touchdown reception in three straight games, all over 20 yards... Randle and Sharp are in a tight battle for the program's active scoring lead. Randle has 228 career points, while Sharp has 227. They rank 12th and 13th, respectively, on the all-time list... The all-black uniform combination was worn for the first time since last season's Fiesta Bowl win, though Saturday's helmets had a Pistol Pete head logo instead of the common OSU emblem... Saturday's attendance was 57,183.