Oklahoma State senior Grant Garner, on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Award that goes to the nation's top center, did not play in Saturday's 70-28 win over Kansas. He was out with a spained knee.
Garner had started 17 straight games dating back to last year's opener.
Making his first career start in Garner's place was senior Casey LaBrue, an Enid native who transferred from Missouri State after his freshman season.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said that, had it been the last game of the season, Garner would have played.
“I would be surprised if he doesn't play next week (at Texas),” Gundy said.
“I thought LaBrue did a nice job.”
JOHNSON SEES FIRST ACTION
Sophomore linebacker Tyler Johnson saw his first action of the 2011 season Saturday.
Johnson, who had been battling Caleb Lavey for the starting middle linebacker job before a preseason knee injury, led the Cowboys with seven tackles Saturday.
Johnson returned to practice during the bye week.
“Everything turned out good for the first game back,” Johnson said, adding that there was no pain in his knee.
SIMS DOES, TOO
True freshman running back Herschel Sims also got playing time for the first time in 2011 on Saturday.
Sims played on special teams, then got his first career carry — a seven-yard gain — after the Cowboys went up 56-7 in the second quarter.
Sims went on to rush 7 times for 22 yards, and scored his first career touchdown — a one-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
“His work habit has been much better the last few weeks,” Gundy said. “Prior to that he wasn't ready to play mentally or physically. He's got a long ways to go, but he was better the last couple weeks.”
Seven children who are fighting cancer got an opportunity to tour Boone Pickens Stadium, walk to the stadium with the team before Saturday's game and run on the field through the tunnel.
All but one of the children is from Oklahoma. The other, named Molly, is from England.
Molly, 8 years old, is at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City for proton beam therapy because surgery isn't possible for her rare form of cancer.
Molly wasn't orginally scheduled for Saturday's events, but was invited after OSU's Spirit Squad and Ann Hargis, school president Burns Hargis' wife, visited her.
The opportunity is sponsored by Special Spectators, the Cavett Kids Foundation and OSU Coaches vs. Cancer.
WEEDEN BEING SACKED MORE
Brandon Weeden was sacked just four times in conference play last season.