OSU notebook: Cowboys freshman Josh Stewart scores 3 touchdowns

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 12, 2011
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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.

He chuckled.

“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.”

INJURY UPDATE

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.

BIG-NUMBER BREAKDOWN

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.

SENIOR SENDOFF

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.

UP NEXT

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


by Jenni Carlson
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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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