Oklahoma State's Josh Stewart made a great individual effort on his 95-yard punt return for a touchdown against TCU, getting by the first potential tackler before cutting and winding and weaving his way to the end zone.
But any good return needs good blocks, and the Cowboys provided that for virtually the entire length of the field. John Goodlett, Zack Craig and Tyler Patmon were the final Cowboys who ensured Stewart went the distance, with Goodlett knocking the last Horned Frog that could have gotten to Stewart on his backside.
“Punt returning is about getting started, and if you have a talented returner that can make the first guy miss,” coach Mike Gundy said. “In most cases, that has to happen. Very seldom do you block 10 guys. But we had nine guys blocked and it was very well-executed.”
REPORT: WEST VIRGINIA INTERNAL REVIEW FINDS NO NCAA INFRACTIONS, MISCONDUCT BY FORMER OSU ASSISTANT JOE DEFOREST
West Virginia's internal review into former Oklahoma State assistant Joe DeForest found no “infractions of NCAA rules or other misconduct at our institution,” the university said in a statement released to TheDPost.com Wednesday morning.
The review stemmed from DeForest being one of the more prominent figures named in Sports Illustrated's five-part investigative series on OSU released last month. Multiple players alleged they either were paid by DeForest or saw teammates receive payments from the coach, while former Cowboy Chris Wright alleged DeForest became angry when a recruit Wright hosted one weekend did not have sex while on the visit.
West Virginia's statement also deferred to OSU and the NCAA to comment on any allegations made against DeForest during his time in Stillwater.
DeForest, who coached at OSU from 2001-11, has not been made available for interviews since the series was published, but denied to Sports Illustrated that he paid players or that the conversation with Wright about the recruit took place.
OSU left guard Brandon Webb on teammate Chris Grisbhy, who left the TCU game due to illness: “He got out there and played the first series, and I heard he came back and he looked dead. And I was like, ‘Oh, well, I guess you should probably sit the rest of this out.'”