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OSU notebook: ‘Dinged' Justin Blackmon wanted to return

BY JOHN HELSLEY AND JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writers, jhelsley@opubco.com; jrohde@opubco.com Published: October 24, 2011
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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.

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