Injury update: Good, bad newsThe Cowboys expect to have defensive tackle Shane Jarka (knee) and Justin Gent (head) for their game Saturday at Texas Tech, but they will be without wide receiver Michael Harrison (finger) and are awaiting further word on receivers Josh Cooper (head) and Hubert Anyiam (ankle). "Michael Harrison had surgery,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. "He's out.” Harrison suffered a fractured finger in Friday night's 54-28 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, yet returned to the game, which was his best as a Cowboy with four catches for 51 yards and a score. Gundy said he's unsure how many games Harrison will miss. "Don't know,” Gundy said. "I'm not trying to avoid the question, but after what we've been through with Tolu (Moala) and after what we've been through with Caleb (Lavey), it's really hard for me to say. "He had surgery to repair a finger. Those can go anywhere from five days to five weeks.” Moala and Lavey were expected to miss the season after preseason injuries but have since returned to action. In what many expect to be a shoot-out, the Cowboys could have a short-handed receiving corps. Cooper is OSU's second-leading receiver, and Anyiam and Harrison had begun to make an impact. Anyiam and Cooper will be monitored throughout the week. Gundy also confirmed Monday that, as feared, after an MRI, safety Victor Johnson would miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury against Texas A&M.
Lubbock lowdownUntil OSU prevails at Texas Tech, the references to 1944 will continue. That's the last time the Cowboys won in Lubbock. Maybe that's where a young roster will come in handy. "I've never been there before,” said OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon, the nation's leading receiver. Just the same, Blackmon has been prepared. "From what I've heard, it's an intense place to play,” he said. "The fans are right there on you and it's just a good environment for them to play in, but bad for the visiting team.” Gundy plans no historical perspective, not even as motivation. "Our staff has always believed in preparation makes all the difference,” Gundy said, "starting (Sunday) night and then we go back to work on Tuesday. "I just believe in preparation and hard work and trying to get guys to play with great effort is more important than anything that's happened over the last 66 years.”
No panicThe Cowboys trailed 21-17 at halftime against Lafayette but rolled to a decisive win. "There wasn't a panic,” said running back Kendall Hunter said. "We started slow, and we knew going into halftime that we need to make an adjustment and come back out and start fast.” Hunter played a major role in just that, finishing a drive with a scoring run to open the third quarter. Hunter ran for 80 yards on 20 carries in the second half and finished with 126 yards overall.
Black alumni weekend plannedThe OSU Black Alumni Association will continue its tradition of honoring OSU's African-American past and supporting its future at the group's 15th Annual Scholarship Weekend Oct. 22-23 — homecoming weekend — in Stillwater. Events include a golf tournament at Lakeside Golf Course to raise money for student scholarships and a reception to honor Chester Pittman, this year's recipient of the Black Alumni Association's Trailblazer Award. Pittman was the first black football player to letter at OSU, more than 50 years ago. In April, OSU's Black Alumni Association presented 10 scholarships to students from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. More than $120,000 has been awarded to students since the inception of the program, which aims to retain high-quality students by annually awarding scholarships for excellence and achievements in academics, leadership and community service. For information go to orangeconnection.org/blackalumni or by contact Joy Fieldsend at (405) 744-8837. By John Helsley
Injury update: Good, bad news