STILLWATER, Okla. — Being without All-America receiver Dez Bryant hasn't stopped No. 14 Oklahoma State from starting Big 12 play on the right foot.
To hear coach Mike Gundy tell it, the situation hasn't been so easy for Bryant.
"I would hate to speak for him, but I would say he's not doing very good," Gundy said Monday. "You take any of us in here and the one thing that you really love to do and you take it away and you can't do it, then you're not going to feel very good, and I think that's what's happened to him."
Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-0 Big 12) has held Bryant out of the last three games after discovering that he lied to the NCAA about an offseason meeting with NFL player Deion Sanders.
The Cowboys have defeated Grambling, then beat Texas A&M and Missouri to start conference play with back-to-back wins for only the fourth time in the 14 years the Big 12 has been in existence. A win Saturday at Baylor (3-3, 0-2) would give OSU only its third 3-0 start in Big 12 play.
Keith Toston surpassed 200 yards of total offense against A&M, and receiver Hubert Anyiam set new career highs with 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in a breakout game against Missouri on Saturday.
Gundy said his team could benefit if it weathers the storm until Bryant comes back. And even that isn't a sure thing. Bryant has asked the NCAA to reinstate him.
"I would say that if we're fortunate enough to get Dez back, then we have a number of receivers that have gained some experience and it should allow us to be more balanced and versatile in our passing game would be the football side of it," Gundy said.