Coaches stand behind CateFor Alex Cate, his first career start didn’t go well. He went 0-for-9 passing and threw an interception in a first half that brought boos from the stands of Boone Pickens Stadium. He was replaced by Brandon Weeden in the second half. After the game, Cowboys coaches came to his defense. "I know there will be some talk about Alex Cate not playing real well,” said Mike Gundy. "And he really didn’t play that well, he understands that. He had some situations that didn’t go his way. He’s very much a part of this team, and he’s worked very hard. "He deserved the right, and he had an opportunity to play. He’s been in this program a number of years, and we felt like he was next in line so he’s who we went with. That falls on me.” Said co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer: "Everyone’s going to want to blame Alex, because we didn’t complete a ball. But we didn’t help him any. We didn’t make any plays at receiver the first half. He maybe didn’t play his best, but we didn’t play our best either at any spot. "I feel for him, because he’s worked hard.”
ROBINSON READY?The Cowboys now have nine days to prepare for Bedlam. And they need it, primarily to get quarterback Zac Robinson healed and ready for the game in Norman. Robinson suited, but was not available to play against Colorado after a short week following the brutal shot he took against Texas Tech. "Zac wasn’t ready to play,” Gundy said. "His head is clear, somewhat, and he’s got a sore shoulder. The combination of both of those, it just wasn’t the situation to put him out there to play. "Could he have been 80 percent, 75 percent? No. Not tonight. The short week didn’t help.” Gundy said he thought Robinson would be ready for the Sooners.
SPECIAL SIXWith the win over Colorado, OSU moved to 6-1 in Big 12 play. It marks the first time ever that the Cowboys have won six conference games. No. 6 didn’t come easy, done without Robinson and with the offense committing four turnovers. Still, the Pokes pulled through. "We showed a lot of heart tonight,” Gundy said.
EXTRACURRICULAR FESTIVITIESOSU’s final home game featured plenty of festivities. The fun began with three parachutists from the Black Daggers, a U.S. Special Operations unit, gliding into Boone Pickens Stadium, delivering the game ball to midfield. The Star Spangled Banner was played while a group unfurled an American flag in the shape of the United States. Senior Night activities followed, with each of OSU’s 22 seniors introduced with their families before the crowd. At halftime, Michael Martin Murphy put on a short concert, coinciding with a recognition of the Oklahoma Veterans, Wounded Warriors, United States War Dogs Association and the Vet Dogs Association.
AND ANOTHERWhen Cate took the first snap from center and Tracy Moore opened at one wide receiver spot, it marked the 19th and 20th different Cowboys to start on offense this season. That’s nearly two starters for every position.
BOND SITSCowboys right tackle Brady Bond missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. A senior, Bond participated in Senior Night activities and wore both the black jersey and pants, without pads. BY JOHN HELSLEY
Coaches stand behind Cate