STILLWATER — The search continues. Oklahoma State defeated Rice 41-24 at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. But Saturday’s win showed, without a doubt, the Oklahoma State offense is still looking to regain its 2008 form.
Sure, Dez Bryant is approaching his ’08 exploits. The junior All-American had nine catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. And Zac Robinson was solid, going 14 of 20 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. But OSU is still looking for other players to emerge as weapons in the Cowboy offense. "We have confidence in those other guys,” Gundy said. "It’s just depends on the scheme (we have) and what’s going on.” The Cowboy coaching staff is confident Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper and OSU’s young receivers will mature into playmakers, but against Rice only Bryant had more than two receptions. Blackmon, who the Cowboys are counting on to become a weapon this season, was limited by an undisclosed injury. Cooper was OSU’s second leading receiver with two catches for 36 yards. Wilson Youman, Beau Johnson and Keith Toston were the only other Cowboys with receptions. "Some of those guys need to get used to it and get game experience,” linebacker Andre Sexton said of the Cowboys’ young receiving corps. "Once they get fully comfortable, they’ll be a lot better.” The Cowboys’ running game, which was without All-American Kendall Hunter, is still looking for the explosive big plays which were the norm a year ago.