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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys' special teams bounce back with big performance

by Scott Wright Published: November 10, 2012

Barnett was called for a blow to the head of the quarterback, but Gundy said he was “giving effort and his arm got swung around and hit (the quarterback) in the head. I can't fault Calvin for that. He's fighting to try to get to the quarterback.”

Lampkin was flagged for a late hit out of bounds in which he appeared to make contact in play and ride the player out of bounds.

Gundy said he looked forward to reviewing the fouls, but added “I'm not disputing the calls.”

Gundy stopped on his way to the locker room at halftime to speak with officials.

“I was just telling them they looked nice in their uniforms,” he cracked.


Oklahoma State finds itself in a unique situation through nine games this season. Every player who has scored a touchdown this season is eligible to return next year.

That's 14 players and 48 touchdowns.

Two players listed as seniors — Kye Staley and Tracy Moore — have scored touchdowns this season. Staley was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA this week, and it has been revealed by OSU that Moore will be out for the season and qualifies for a redshirt for medical reasons.


* Gundy on the defense's performance, allowing 479 yards and 34 points, both below West Virginia's season averages: “The concern when you play West Virginia is they have the talent at any time to put up 40 or 50 points... For the most part, I thought our defense played good, because you're playing against talented guys on the perimeter. They're very explosive.”


The last time OSU and West Virginia met was the 1987 Sun Bowl, and that game had a strong presence in the stadium Saturday.

Gundy was OSU's quarterback that day, leading the Cowboys to victory.

In addition, Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen coached West Virginia in that game. His grandson, Ryan Nehlen, had four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown Saturday.

Dan Nehlen, Ryan's father, is the Mountaineers' equipment manager, and Ryan is the nephew of former West Virginia and NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler.


Late in the first half, three former Cowboys appeared on the field to a rousing applause — Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper, who led OSU to last year's historic season.

Weeden and Cooper, who both play for the Cleveland Browns, were able to attend because the Browns are off this week. Blackmon's Jacksonville Jaguars played the Thursday night game against Indianapolis.


Gilbert's five career kickoff return TDs ties the Big 12 Conference record held by Kansas State's Brandon Banks... With 74 yards Saturday, running back Joseph Randle surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year, giving OSU a 1,000-yard back in six straight seasons. He is also the sixth OSU back to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons... Redshirt freshman Jeremy Seaton, a walk-on fullback/tight end from Cashion, served as one of OSU's four captains Saturday and had one reception for three yards, the first of his career... Offensive lineman Brandon Webb from Owasso made his first career start Saturday... Kicker Quinn Sharp moved into the top 10 on OSU's all-time scoring chart, tied for ninth with 252 points after scoring 13 Saturday... Junior receiver Charlie Moore has scored a touchdown in five straight games... Saturday's attendance of 57,799 was the sixth-largest crowd in Boone Pickens Stadium history.

by Scott Wright
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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