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OSU football notebook: Cowboys healthy after opener

Offensive quartet accomplishes rare feat; Cowboy coaches have jump on scouting Arizona.

Oklahoma State came out of Saturday's season opener, a 61-34 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette, without any major injuries, coach Mike Gundy said Sunday.

“We're in good shape,” Gundy said.

That bodes well for this week's quick turnaround, as the Cowboys face Arizona on Thursday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“It's the first direction my mind goes after a game is where our health is, because I just hate to see guys get banged up,” Gundy said. “It's the hardest part of my job. Especially on a short week, (it's nice) knowing that you've got guys healthy and you can go back out (to practice Sunday) and get back at it.”

Offensive quartet accomplishes rare feat

As part of OSU's 666 yards of total offense against ULL, quarterback Brandon Weeden passed for 388 yards, Joseph Randle rushed for 129 yards, Justin Blackmon had 144 yards receiving and Tracy Moore had 112 yards receiving.

That marked just the third time in school history that OSU had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers in a game.

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Trending: Who's hot and who's not with the Cowboys:

Hot: WR Tracy Moore. A guy always talked about for his “potential,” Moore finally went beyond the occasional flashes of something special, producing career highs in catches (7) and yards (112) against Louisiana-Lafayette. Now, can he repeat it?

Hot: Joseph Randle. Not saying Kendall Hunter won't be missed, but Spud's departure won't be an ongoing issue, not with Randle looking like OSU's next elite back.

Not: RB Herschel Sims. The freshman didn't play, yet still delivered the “wow” quote of the night, firing off an expletive-highlighted take on his status. So much for Gundy's rule on no freshmen talking in the media. Hello, Mr. StairMaster.

Hot: LB Alex Elkins. Playing just his third season of organized football, Elkins was strong in his debut, totaling six tackles and recovering a fumble, good enough to draw high praise from defensive coordinator Bill Young.

Not: S Johnny Thomas. While wide receiver Michael Harrison's eligibility status resolved with a reinstatement – and a touchdown – the NCAA didn't get around to ruling on Thomas. Expect a decision soon.

Hot: S Daytawion Lowe. Subbing for Thomas, Lowe showed up frequently. He contributed six tackles and didn't hesitate sticking his repaired shoulder into enemy ball carriers.

By John Helsley, Staff Writer


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