Undercover operation OSU running back Keith Toston carried the ball five times in the season opener. The junior is hoping his workload increases as the season goes on, but considering he had surgery on his knee less than a month ago, he was pleased. “I think I will get in there a little more at running back, but no one knew I was coming off another knee surgery,” Toston said. “I had another one during two-a-days — it was kinda kept underground. After the first week (of practice) I got a little sprain, and they had to take a little piece of my meniscus out, but I was back within a week.” Toston led the team against Washington State, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He also played on punt returns. “I was a little sore (on Sunday),” Toston said. “I hadn’t went through full contact, so I didn’t know how I would react to getting tackled.”
Red zone redux: OSU sputtered near the end zone a couple of times on Saturday. On Monday, Gundy said the failure to score was a result of players’ errors and Washington State’s defense.
“After the game, I thought our schemes weren’t good, but looking at the tape, seven out of 10 times it was a mistake that was made somewhere within the 11 players on the field,” Gundy said. “Now the coaches might not have had them prepared to the best that we could, but it’s not something from an X’s and O’s standpoint that we can’t correct.”
Then Gundy went on to say the Cougars surprised OSU with their scheme.
“Truth be known, they lined up in a front we’d never seen before,” Gundy said.
Another unknown: For the second week in a row, OSU has to prepare for a team under new leadership. And while Gundy and his staff had to prepare for Washington State last week without any film, having Houston’s openinggame tape might not be all that helpful since the Cougars routed Southern 55-3.
“We really don’t have much to watch,” Gundy said. “It was 45-3 at the half. There’s not a lot to watch and evaluate, other than athletic ability... I’m gonna guess they didn’t show a lot.”
But from what he can gather, Gundy said Houston looks good.
“This is a good team we’re playing this week. Very athletic, very fast. They can move the ball on offense, and they move and tackle well on defense.”
By Andrea Cohen