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OSU notebook: Cowboys freshman Josh Stewart scores 3 touchdowns

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 12, 2011

Cowboy wide receiver Josh Stewart was about as efficient as possible on Saturday.

All three times the freshman touched the football in Oklahoma State's 66-6 victory against Texas Tech, he scored a touchdown. They were the first three touchdowns of his career.

Stewart had two catches for 93 yards for two touchdowns and scored on a wacky fumble recovery. With Texas Tech receiving a kickoff, the ball bounced off the hands of Ben McRoy, then was corralled momentarily by Kenny Williams who almost immediately fumbled and couldn't figure out where it was. The ball ended up in the end zone where Stewart gathered it in for a touchdown.

Stewart, who had gotten more playing time the past two weeks because of Josh Cooper's hamstring injury, came in with 15 catches for 188 yards.

“He's been doing better,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “I think he's taken a more serious approach. He's finally settled into school and that there are girls around and that he has to go to class. That adds to it.”


OSU's victory over Texas Tech moved the record to 10-0, the first time a Cowboy team has been 10-0.

OSU had a pair of undefeated teams in the 40s, but those perfect teams in 1944 and 1945 only played nine games.

A 10-0 record is a first for OSU.

“I don't think we'll grasp it until the end of the season,” Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis said.

Defensive end Cooper Bassett said, “We want to be 12-0. We want to be 13-0. We aren't going to stop now that we're 10-0.”


The OSU radio broadcast crew of Dave Hunzicker and John Holcomb called the game a little bleary-eyed. They got just two hours of sleep after calling the OSU basketball game Friday night in Stillwater, then driving to Lubbock, Texas.

“The pre-game was hard,” Hunzicker said, “because we were trying to wake up.”

But Hunzicker said the game itself was no problem.

“When they score like that (66-6), it makes it easy.”

Hunzicker said a charter-plane plan fell through, so they drove. Their reserved hotel rooms in Amarillo were sold out from under them, so they drove on to Plainview, Texas, 45 minutes north of Lubbock. They got to bed at 4:30 a.m. and awoke at 6:30 a.m.


Cooper returned to the Cowboy lineup on Saturday after sitting out nearly two full games with a hamstring injury.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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