OSU notebook: Cowboys' Jonathan Rush, Devin Hedgepeth out for season

BY JOHN HELSLEY and BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers Published: September 24, 2011
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“It was more noticeable this week, because you just can't go anywhere without people talking about it,” Gundy said. “In the office, jogging on campus, at the bagel shop, that's what everybody talks about, so you can't run away from it.

“But we're in our own world. We go to work in the morning and go home at night and we  don't pay attention to anything else. I think everybody knows how I feel. I don't know why the Big 12 needs to sacrifice. I think we need to stand tall and keep this thing together, and I've said that. Other than that, we're just going to keep rolling and go wherever they send us.”

When victory was secured Saturday at Kyle Field, OSU fans clustered in a corner of the end zone chanted “Big 12, Big 12…” taking one final shot at the SEC-bound Aggies.

“I'm sure the fans, people in chat rooms, they'll probably be all over that,” Gundy said. “I hope A&M stays in our league. I hope the Big 12 stays strong.”

OSU INCREASES TEMPO

The Cowboy offense played more quickly in the second half. OSU's three touchdown drives in the third quarter were 11 plays, 80 yards in 2:36; 10 plays, 89 yards in 2:32; and nine plays, 56 yards in 3:24.

“They did a great job of changing the tempo up in the second half, not unlike they did last year,” said A&M coach Mike Sherman, referring to OSU's 38-35 comeback victory. “They had us playing on our heels, then run quick screens before we could get lined up.”

GILBERT SHINES

Cornerback Justin Gilbert had a huge game, with a career high nine tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Gilbert also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the first half, but it was wiped out by a holding penalty.

WHO? HORTON

Trying to run out the clock with little more than two minutes left, Weeden threw a rollout pass to seldom-used tight end Justin Horton.

“I was shocked at that call,” Weeden said. “But it was a good call.”

And symbolic of a game in which Weeden completed passes to 11 receivers.

“I've got so much confidence in the guys,” Weeden said. “It takes a lot of pressure off (Justin) Blackmon. Lot of pressure off me. That's tough on a defense.”

The Aggies played without cornerback Coryell Judie, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.

QB COMMITS GETS STARTED – STRONG

Cowboys quarterback commitment Wes Lunt missed the first four games of his season with a broken foot.

Back in action Friday night, Lunt was back in business.

The Rochester, Ill., standout threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns – in the first half – leading a 57-12 romp. His offense scored on all seven first-half possessions. And one half was enough, as he did not return, due to blowout, not re-injury.

According to his coach Derek Leonard, Lunt has even more to offer.

“He was a little rusty,” Leonard said, “but he was good.”

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