Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon wanted back in Saturday's win over Missouri, despite a knock to the head that left him dizzy, according to Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.
Apparently, Blackmon was coherent enough to strongly voice his displeasure.
“That'd be a ‘yes' on both,” said Gundy, who described Blackmon as being dinged. “He was coherent enough, and he was fighting me. We thought we were going to have to take his helmet. I thought I was going to have to call a ‘Thurman Thomas' and see if we could take his helmet away from him.”
Thomas, the former OSU star, unwittingly had his helmet moved before the start of Super Bowl XXVI, causing him to miss the first two offensive plays for his Buffalo Bills, who suffered a 37-24 loss to the Washington Redskins in 1992.
BCS STATUS UNAVOIDABLE
OSU coaches and players rarely comment on anything other than the next game, the next opponent.
That doesn't mean they are oblivious to what's going on around them and about them, including the team's rise to No. 3 in the BCS Standings.
“We're reminded every day,” said Cowboys safety Markelle Martin. “You've just got to put it behind you and keep rolling and keep being successful.
“Most of us seniors have been around long enough to know that the rankings can be here today and gone tomorrow. We have to keep the young guys focused. It's just a number. We have to continue to get out there and play.”
K-STATE KICK TIME ON HOLD
OSU's home game against Kansas State on Nov. 5 will be televised by ABC – at a time to be determined.
The network has exercised its six-day window on that game, as well as Oklahoma's matchup with Texas A&M.
ABC will carry one game at 2:30 p.m., the other at 7.
DEFENDERS HEAR CRITICS
While the Cowboys keep winning and keep rising in national stature, their defense keeps drawing criticism, due mostly to their No. 103 ranking nationally in total defense.
That number may not be pretty, but it isn't all ugly, either, influenced in part by yards surrendered in garbage time.
“It always burns us up,” linebacker Joe Mitchell said of the critics. “We always talk about not being a weak defense. We want to establish our name. It is always good to have a powerful offense, but we want to make a name for ourselves as well.”
The Cowboys are creating a name as takeaway artists, producing 24 turnovers, the second-best total nationally.
“It is a momentum deal,” Mitchell said. “If we do not have a turnover by halftime the coaches will make adjustments. The coaches are always telling us to get turnovers because our offense is going to score if they get the ball back.”
WEEDEN NAMED O'BRIEN SEMIFINALIST
OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden is one of 16 finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Weeden has thrown for 2,436 yards and 19 touchdowns in leading the Cowboys to a 7-0 start and the No. 3 spot in the BCS Standings. He averages 348 passing yards per game in an offense that ranks nationally at No. 2 in passing offense, No. 2 in scoring offense and No. 3 in total offense.
The senior from Edmond has already set single-game school records this season in passes completed, passes attempted, passing yards and highest completion percentage.
Semifinalists were selected by The O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the fan vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.
Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon on Nov. 20.
Three finalists will be named on Nov. 21, with the award announced on ESPN Dec. 8.