OSU football notebook: Backfield in motion: Pokes find balance

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: October 26, 2009 at 8:43 am •  Published: October 26, 2009
The Cowboys nearly produced two 100-yard rushers against Baylor, a good sign heading into a matchup with the nation’s No. 1 rushing defense in Texas.

Keith Toston gained 109 yards on 15 carries. Beau Johnson went for 93 yards on 22 totes.

For Johnson, it was a career-high in attempts and a chance to show his abilities in the feature role, while also spelling Toston, coming off back-to-back games with 25 carries.

"With Beau and Keith, we feel like they’re interchangeable,” said co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer. "We talk about replacing guys with not one guy, but multiple guys.

"Beau, we know is capable. Keith has had the hot hand lately. We know we need to get both of them in there. I’m very pleased with the way Beau played.”

COOPER OUT

Cowboys wideout Josh Cooper, who has missed the past two games with a foot injury, will not return for Saturday’s game against Texas.

"A couple weeks from now would be my guess,” said coach Mike Gundy.

ORANGE POWER

Might OSU break out black uniforms for Halloween and Texas?

No, athletic director Mike Holder said Sunday.

That hot rumor has Cowboys fans abuzz, both positively and negatively. Maybe it’s a product of the athletic department’s heightened relationship with Nike, which has been known to incorporate alternate black uniforms for its preferred schools.

Well, it’s not happening – yet.

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