When receiver Josh Stewart left the field Saturday with an apparent ankle injury, it didn't look good.
The team's radio reports later said he was diagnosed with a sprain, although he did not return.
Asked Monday about Stewart's status, OSU coach Mike Gundy offered optimism.
“We're gonna try to get him out there Wednesday,” Gundy said of hopes that Stewart could return to practice Wednesday.
With Stewart out much of the game against Kansas, David Glidden stepped in and caught six passes for 73 yards — both career bests.
GUNDY EXPECTS TEXAS TO POUND RUN GAME
Texas ranks fourth in the Big 12 in rushing at 197.3 yards per game.
And while they just lost leading rusher Jonathan Gray for the season to an Achilles injury, Gundy expects the Longhorns to keep pushing the ground game Saturday when OSU visits Austin.
“I think they're gong to try to pound us and run downhill,” Gundy said. “I'd say their justified in their ability to do that.”
While the loss of Gray is significant for Texas, Malcolm Brown is a more than capable replacement and a former premium recruit. Brown has rushed for 442 yards and a 4.0 average per carry, with a team-best eight touchdowns.
“Their back's a good runner,” Gundy said. “I know they lost (Gray), but this one is a good player.
“They have a lot of speed. They're going to hand the ball off or flip it to those guys and let them run around the corner and try and outrun everybody. They've done that for a number of years. It's a great challenge for us.”
Along with Brown, a former elite recruit, the Longhorns also have veteran banger Joe Bergeron, who is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and scored a touchdown Saturday at West Virginia.
Cowboys guard Brandon Webb on the pressure of closing out a Big 12 championship:
“It's not really that much pressure. It's what we want. There's not really that much pressure if that's what you want to do. We had to sit back with our loss, but everything that we wanted was still out there. That's what we're trying to achieve.”
GILBERT NABS BIG 12 HONOR
OSU's Justin Gilbert was named the Co-Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday following his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the Cowboys' 42-6 victory over Kansas.
Gilbert's return was the sixth for a score of his career, setting a Big 12 record and making him the NCAA's active leader in that category. He's one touchdown away from the NCAA record, which is held by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
Gilbert, who shared the honor with Texas kicker Anthony Fera, gives OSU eight different players who have been honored with a Big 12 weekly award this season. That ties a conference record with Colorado in 2001 and OSU in 2010.
Here's the list of Cowboys to take a Big 12 weekly individual award so far this season:
linebacker Caleb Lavey (Mississippi State); quarterback J.W. Walsh (Texas-San Antonio); punt returner Josh Stewart (Lamar and TCU); linebacker Shaun Lewis (Kansas State); kicker Ben Grogan (Kansas State); running back Desmond Roland (Iowa State); quarterback Clint Chelf (Texas Tech); Gilbert.
OPPONENT WATCH: BROWN SALUTES OSU DEFENSE
Texas coach Mack Brown has long publicly admired the Cowboys offense.
Now he's taking notice of the OSU defense.
“When you start studying them, they're much better on defense than they've been,” Brown said Monday during his weekly press conference.
Brown noted several stats, including the Cowboys holding their last three opponents to an 0-for-29 conversion number on third-and-long, meaning third-and-7 or longer.
“They're just shutting people out on third downs,” Brown said. “They've forced 23 turnovers. Those guys are playing at a high level.
“They get so much more credit for their offense than they do their defense, their defense has really stepped up.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL