STILLWATER — Television cameras caught Josh Stewart in tears as trainers took him to the locker room after sustaining a left foot injury early in Oklahoma State’s contest against Kansas.
Initiate one of the biggest clichés in sports: Next man up.
Tracy Moore took it one step further.
“What I tell our receivers is one guy goes down, two guys gotta step up,” Moore said.
The 14th-ranked Cowboys did more than that in making up for the loss of their biggest weapon, as eight players made at least one catch in OSU’s 42-6 rout of Kansas Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“That’s college football,” Cowboy offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Injuries are going to happen, and it’s about how you respond to that. Adversity brings some opportunity.”
Opportunity for David Glidden to fill the slot, where he tallied career highs in both receptions (six) and yards (73). Opportunity for Tracy Moore to become a go-to scoring target, with two touchdowns on fade routes. Opportunity for running back Desmond Roland to get free for a 19-yard receiving touchdown. Opportunities for Marcell Ateman, C.J. Curry, Nick Rockwell and John Goodlett to get plenty of meaningful snaps.
“Stew’s obviously a great player. You can’t replace him,” Glidden said. “But at the same time, we feel like our receiving corps is very strong. We have a lot of playmakers in there. Some guys are very young, but at the same time, we’ve seen them make plays all season and through the spring and the summer and camp and just everything.
“We’ve got faith in our receiving corps. It’s not a big deal for all of us to see a few different people stepping up making plays.”