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.”
RECORD BREAKING DAY
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.
SUPER COOPER RETURNS
Cooper returned to the Cowboy lineup on Saturday after sitting out nearly two full games with a hamstring injury.
The wide receiver/punt returner was injured early in the Baylor game, then sat out last week against Kansas State.
“I was well-rested,” he said.
“It felt great to be out there today.”
Cooper, who finished with six catches for 106 yards, wanted to play last week and even went through warm-ups.
“We kind of discussed it earlier in the day that I probably wasn't going to play but I'd see how it felt in warm-ups,” he said. “I got out there and it didn't feel too good.”
This week, he made sure he was ready.
“I was doing a lot of rehab a couple times a day,” he said. “Pretty much living in the training room.”
Though Cooper (hamstring) and Jeremy Smith (hand) returned to action after missing last week's game against Kansas State, Deon Imade (knee) and Michael Harrison (ankle) were held out against Texas Tech.
Gundy said after the game that Harrison could return to practice as soon as Sunday but that Imade “will be out a while.”
BIG DAY FOR SIMS
True freshman Herschel Sims continues to impress in reserve duty.
The Cowboy tailback had a game-high 109 yards rushing on 13 carries. He nearly added a touchdown to his stat line but stepped out of bounds on the 2-yard line at the end of a 56-yard run.
Saturday marked Sims' second 100-yard rushing performance this season.
In a 66-6 victory, there are bound to be lots of numbers within the numbers. Here's a look at a few:
* The Cowboys' 66 points was the highest point total for either team in their series with the Red Raiders.
* OSU surpassed the 50-point mark for the sixth time this season.
* OSU surpassed the 60-point mark for the third time this season.
* The Cowboys have scored 52 points or more in each of their past three games.
* The Cowboys' 49-0 halftime lead was the third time this season that they have had a shutout at halftime.
* For the seventh time in 10 games, OSU held its opponent to one offensive touchdown or less in the first half.
Saturday was Senior Day at Texas Tech and among the Red Raiders recognized was a pair of Oklahomans — Tramain Swindall and Harrison Jeffers.
Swindall, a former Millwood High standout, has 1,654 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions in his college career.
Jeffers, a junior from Lawton Eisenhower, is giving up football when the season is over because of ongoing back problems.
The Cowboys will travel to Iowa State for a rare Friday night game. Kickoff against the Cyclones is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The trip to Iowa State is OSU's final road game of the season.
By Jenni Carlson, Gina Mizell and Berry Tramel