OSU notebook: Baylor's K.J. Morton enjoyed matchup against Justin Blackmon

Coach Mike Gundy says freshman back 'buying in'
by John Helsley Published: October 29, 2011

Sophomore cornerback K.J. Morton was matched up against OSU All-American receiver Justin Blackmon for much of Saturday's game, a 59-24 Cowboys victory.

“Both of us are very competitive,” Morton said. “He has a little more experience than I do at this level. I'm getting there.”

On Joseph Randle's 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Blackmon took Morton deep on an apparent route.

“By the time I saw him, he was already 30 yards down the field,” Morton said. “My man is Blackmon; I'm keyed on him. I see him running vertical, and I'm thinking, ‘Hey, it's a go route.' Once I sneak a peek back, I see the ball coming at me.

“I made a little move and Blackmon tried to block me and he fell, and once he fell, (Randle) took it to the house. It was a great run.”

Morton said the experience of matching up with Blackmon was “very fun.”

“He's very humble,” Morton said. “Just getting a chance to guard him, making me better. Hopefully, I'll see him again.”

GUNDY: SIMS STILL MATURING

True freshman running back Herschel Sims rushed for an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 104 yards on eight carries.

OSU coach Mike Gundy said Sims wasn't buying in at first but has changed his attitude “considerably” to earn playing time.

“We moved him down on the scout team for a few weeks, and he wouldn't buy in,” Gundy said. “Fortunately for us and for him, he decided that he needed to buy in and maximize his potential.”

Gundy stressed that Sims' story isn't an abnormal one; lots of young players go through the same thing.

“He's not the first guy that's gone through that; it happens all the time,” Gundy said. “You go from being the star in high school to getting to this level and nobody knows who you are, and you get knocked around in practice, and it's not as fun as it used to be.

“He still has a long way to go, but his attitude changed.”

GRIFFIN: GILBERT ‘SLINGSHOTTED' TO GET ENDZONE PICK

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III had a pass intercepted in the end zone early in the second quarter by Justin Gilbert, who returned it to the Cowboys' 27-yard line.

Griffin said Gilbert deployed a common trick called “slingshotting” where cornerbacks grab a receiver and slyly pull them forward.

“He just did it sly enough that the ref didn't see it or the ref saw it and thought it was funny, I don't know,” Griffin said.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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