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By Brandon Chatmon Modified: October 26, 2009 at 8:41 am •  Published: October 26, 2009
e Cowboys have 205 carries for 933 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry since Taylor entered the lineup.

→4. The Pokes are coming off an easy win against Baylor. The 34-7 win over the Bears allowed OSU to get both Robinson and Toston some additional rest, while also giving their young players, especially at receiver and in the secondary, some extra game reps. Those factors could pay dividends against Texas. Newcomers Tracy Moore, Dameron Fooks and Justin Blackmon each had key catches against the Bears.

→5. OSU is starting to get healthy. If Texas was their first Big 12 game, the Cowboys would have faced them with several key players nursing injuries, especially cornerback Perrish Cox, who could be the squad’s MVP on defense and will likely matchup with Longhorn standout receiver Jordan Shipley. Cox is expected to be at full strength against Texas.

"I think we’ve had more injuries this year to key players than we’ve had in the previous four years combined,” Gundy said.

True enough, receiver Dez Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter might not play against Texas. But that has been the case for the last four games.

With Bryant and Hunter out, the Cowboys had a choice: They could have sat around and worried about when their All-American duo would return, or they could move forward with the exact same expectations to play well and compete for a Big 12 South title while hoping to get those guys back on the field at some point.

Clearly, OSU has chosen the latter.