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OSU notebook: Cowboy fans pack the house

BY JOHN HELSLEY and MIKE SHERMAN, Staff Writers Modified: November 1, 2009 at 12:48 am •  Published: November 1, 2009

Kendall Hunter: Only a glimpse

Midway through the second quarter, Cowboys running back Kendall Hunter made his first appearance since the Houston game, a span of six games and seven weeks, due to a foot injury.

He immediately got the call, carrying for one yard.

Then he exited for good.

Hunter never returned, putting his availability once again in question.

OSU coach Mike Gundy said he left it up to Hunter and running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"I'm guessing he didn't feel right," Gundy said of his running back. "It's a guess. He practiced a little more this week and he's further along.

"But obviously he's not ready to play."

Crowded house

A crowd of 58,516 filed into Boone Pickens Stadium, providing the largest single-game home attendance in program history.

This season has produced six of the top 11 crowds ever at OSU.

Dez distress

The bad news of Dez Bryant's extended suspension hit the Cowboys midweek.

While no one attached the news to Saturday's ragged play, they admitted disappointment.

"We were sad," said defensive end Nigel Nicholas. "He was with us all summer, working.

"But we had to put it behind us, hope he's still doing good. I know he still cares about the team. But we have to go on and play football. One man doesn't make the team."

Said Gundy: "I think they were shocked. Not necessarily the news, I just really don't think they thought they were going to take it from him the rest of the year."

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