Oklahoma State football notebook: Injuries hit Cowboys' secondary

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 2, 2013

It happened twice in the first quarter where Stewart shifted from his normal wide out position to be lined up right behind quarterback Clint Chelf. Stewart got the ball on both occasions, picking up 6 yards on his first carry and losing 2 yards on his second one.

WAS THAT A FUMBLE?

The Cowboy defense came up with two first-half turnovers, and it was nearly three.

With less than a minute to go before halftime, Red Raider quarterback Davis Webb scrambled. He stayed on his feet and kept moving forward as Cowboy defenders converged. Before he went down, Calvin Barnett yanked the ball out of his hands, and Patmon picked it up and ran it into the end zone.

But officials ruled that Webb's forward progress had stopped.

“I don't understand that,” Gundy said, “but I guess it is what it is.”

The play could not be reviewed — forward progress is not a reviewable play — and despite protests from the OSU sideline, Texas Tech kept the ball.

FOURTH AND GOAL

The Cowboys faced fourth and 1 from inside the 5-yard line twice, went for it both times and scored touchdown on both plays.

Asked about the decision to go for it, Gundy said that defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was part of it. Spencer clicked over onto the offensive coaches' conversation on the headsets and said he thought the Cowboys needed touchdowns not field goals.

“It's not as easy on the road,” Gundy said. “We felt like we needed points.”

The Cowboys got them, first with a 1-yard pass from Chelf to Jeremy Seaton, then with a 3-yard run from Desmond Roland.

The Cowboys were 6 for 6 in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on each of those possessions.

FIRST OSU TARGETING PENALTY

Targeting was the talk of the preseason, but it took eight-plus games before OSU was called for the penalty.

Lyndell Johnson was called for targeting on a hit on Texas Tech receiver Jace Amaro in the third quarter. The call was reviewed, as all targeting penalties are, and the ejection that comes with the targeting penalty was overturned and Johnson was allowed to stay in the game.

But that the call was made in the first place — it results in a 15-yard penalty regardless of whether the ejection is overturned — incensed the Cowboy sideline. Referees whistled the sideline for unsportsmanlike conduct and another 15-yard penalty.

EXTRA POINTS

OSU wore orange helmets, white jerseys and white pants, the first time it had worn the combination since it began mixing uniform combinations at the start of the 2011 season. ... The Cowboys have now scored 20 or more points in 47 consecutive games, dating back to the start of the 2010 season. That's the longest active streak in the country and the second longest since the Division-I split in 1978 (USC, 63 games, Sept. 2, 2002 to Nov. 25, 2006). ... OSU has won 10 of its last 11 games in the state of Texas.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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