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.
“When we bring the play in, I'm thinking, ‘Here we go.' I see (receiver Terrance Williams), I see his numbers, he's wide open. The ball's thrown, all I see is No. 4 (Gilbert). That doesn't happen naturally.”
COWBOYS CALLED FOR THREE ROUGHING PENALTIES
Oklahoma State was called for three roughing-the-passer penalties on Griffin.
On two of the plays, Griffin lost his helmet.
“Both times, helmet got pulled off,” Griffin said. “I'm not one who wants to see my face and hair out all the time. It just happened.
“On the second one, they literally tried to twist my head off.
“It happens. You can say it's dirty. They say it's football. Who cares, it's over.”
OSU fans didn't like the calls, but Gundy refused to comment on them in his postgame news conference.
COOPER, SMITH INJURED
OSU receiver Josh Cooper started Saturday's game but left in the first half and did not return.
“We could've played him some,” Gundy said. “His muscle is a little tight there; he had a little pull.”
Running back Jeremy Smith also left the game after a 63-yard run in the third quarter.
Gundy wouldn't comment on the nature of Smith's injury.
For the fourth time in school history, Oklahoma State had two 100-yard rushers (Randle and Sims) and one 100-yard receiver (Blackmon).
The last time it happened was in 2008 against Troy, when Kendall Hunter, Keith Toston and Dez Bryant accomplished the feat.
BAYLOR RUNS MANY MORE PLAYS IN LOSS
In Oklahoma State's 59-24 win Saturday, Baylor's offense ran 54 more plays than the Cowboys' did.
“It doesn't matter,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “You've got to put points on the board. What that means is you're grinding for plays ... You've got to hit some big plays and take advantage of opportunities to score.”
BAYLOR SENIOR CALLING FOR PLAYERS ONLY MEETING
Baylor senior receiver Kendall Wright had 11 catches for 117 yards in Saturday's loss and said he plans to call a players-only meeting.
“Whatever they have to say, say it,” Wright said. “Nothing negative, but if they have something to say, say it, get it off your chest.”
The Bears dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play with Saturday's loss.
VENTURA VISITS ALMA MATER
Oklahoma State welcomed alum and new Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura to the Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
Ventura, who starred on the Oklahoma State baseball team in the 1980s before going on to a long professional playing career, was introduced on the field during a timeout in the first quarter.
Ventura was named as the White Sox manager on Oct. 6.