Oklahoma State's new uniform deal with Nike presents the possibility of 48 different combinations.
A group of players has already selected the attire for each of OSU's 12 games.
The opening ensemble: white pants and helmet, with gray jerseys.
The jerseys were met with mixed results.
“I love them,” said 26-year-old Cowboys fan Matt Oldacre from Talala. “They look great. I think it's a good change.”
Bev Reedy, a 59-year-old fan from Broken Arrow, went thumbs down.
“I don't like the gray,” Reedy said. “They look like practice jerseys. Workout gear. The jerseys should be orange or white. But I'm old school.”
Of course, OSU made the move for the players.
“I really like them,” said quarterback Brandon Weeden. “I think they're sharp.
“I will say this, I like the gray, but I think there are some better combinations coming up.”
YOUNG LIKES EARLY LOOK
The Cowboys' defensive front seven was talked about often during the preseason. With new starters in the interior of the defensive line and in the linebacker corps, questions abounded.
Saturday night, the Cowboys didn't blitz often, but still, they had five sacks and four quarterback hurries. And they held the Cajuns to 320 total yards, an average of 2.9 yards per snap, with the first unit surrendering no touchdowns.
“At times,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said, “I thought we really played outstanding.”
PICKING UP THE PACE
Having new offensive coordinator Todd Monken calling plays from the booth instead of the field caused some consternation during two-a-days.
The tempo was sluggish, and the calls were slow.
So, how'd it go Saturday night in the opener?
“I thought it went pretty well,” Weeden said. “I thought the tempo was pretty good. When I was in, I think we ran roughly 80 plays. We ran a lot of plays. I think the transition was really smooth.
“I thought he called a good game. He blames a couple of the picks on him. I've still got to throw it to the right guy.”
STREAKING WITH THE COWBOYS
OSU carried a number of streaks into Saturday night's opener. Some extended, some halted.
* Weeden threw for a touchdown in his 14th straight game and finished with three scoring passes on the night, but none went to Justin Blackmon, who saw his stretch of games with a TD snapped at 12.
* Josh Cooper, who extended Weeden's TD streak with a 15-yard scoring reception in the first half, pushed his streak of games with at least one reception to 18.
* Sophomore running back Jeremy Smith ran for a touchdown for the fifth straight game.
* Offensive lineman Lane Taylor did not start, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 24. That also ended a streak from a year ago that saw the same five offensive linemen – Taylor, Grant Garner, Levy Adcock, Jonathan Rush and Nick Martinez – open every game. Markelle Martin made his 25th straight start.
WICKLINE KEEPS 'EM GUESSING
OSU offensive line coach Joe Wickline joked in the preseason about getting grief for his “musical chairs” style of shuffling his players.
Depth charts for the offensive line are often accompanied by “Or.”
While Wickline used the same starting five for every game a year ago, once underway, he might change out players or simply shift a guy from guard to tackle, or vice versa.
And so it went Saturday night.
Michael Bowie, projected to open at left tackle, didn't start, with Parker Graham instead getting the nod. And Taylor didn't start for the first time in two seasons, replaced by Martinez.
Bowie and Taylor, however, both went out for the second series.
WILSON YOUMAN: WHOA, MAN
Cowboys senior Wilson Youman spent much of the preseason wearing a split jersey — half orange, half white — a fun nod ordered by Gundy in recognition of Youman's time spent on both sides of the ball.
No split jersey for Youman against Lafayette, yet he did go both ways and more, playing defensive end, tight end and serving time on special teams.
SIMS TWEETS DISPLEASURE
Cowboys true freshman running back Herschel Sims, who is listed as the team's third back behind Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, got no carries in the team's win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
When asked why, offensive coordinator Todd Monken said that Sims has been battling unspecified injuries and isn't healthy.
Desmond Roland, another true freshman, got the leftover carries, rushing eight times for 61 yards.
After the game, Sims tweeted: “That's (expletive) enough said.”
FRESH FACES: FRESHMEN GET INVOLVED
The Cowboys used seven true freshmen against Lafayette: Roland, linebackers Ryan Simmons, Lyndell Johnson and Nico Ornelas, defensive tackle James Castleman, defensive end Jimmy Bean and wide receiver Josh Stewart.
DROPPED PICKS LINGER
Oklahoma State's first-team defense didn't give up any touchdowns in its 61-34 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, but there is always room for improvement, Young said.
Sophomore cornerback Devin Hedgepeth came up with the Cowboys' only interception, though Young said there were more that were left on the field.
“We dropped some interceptions; we had three or four opportunities there,” Young said.
Hedgepeth said: “We had our hands on a lot of balls tonight that we didn't come up with; we need to get the sure interceptions.”
EVERYONE ON DEFENSE PLAYS
Every defensive player on the Cowboys' roster that was eligible to play did in the team's 61-34 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, defensive coordinator Young said.
“We played so many people,” Young said. “I don't know the exact number, but we played everybody on the bench that was eligible to play on defense.”
The Cowboys' first unit didn't give up any points, but the Ragin' Cajuns scored lots of late points against the reserves.
“Our first and second units played pretty good; our third stunk,” Young said. “We gave up a ton of points with those guys. They need to play, but they need to respond and play better.”