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Reshuffled offensive line looks strong

Modified: September 24, 2007 at 1:59 pm •  Published: September 24, 2007
After losing its starting center to a broken leg against Troy, Oklahoma State's offensive line had to be shuffled around and rebuilt a bit.

Version 2.0 looked strong against Texas Tech on Saturday as the offense gained 610 yards, including 366 rushing yards. As expected, Andrew Lewis slid into the center spot for the injured David Washington. Steve Denning came in at guard for Lewis. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Sunday that he was pleasantly surprised by the line's performance. Denning, who had not played many significant minutes before the Tech game, graded out at 84 percent, Gundy said.

According to the coach, anything over 70 percent or 75 percent is good.

Gundy said Lewis did a "good job of handling the center position.”

Going the distance: After his first career start for OSU, Zac Robinson said playing an entire game for the first time in a while wore him out a bit. After his second start, Saturday against Texas Tech, Gundy was asked if Robinson's arm got tired late in the game like that of a pitcher.

"I don't think so,” Gundy said. "I think it's due more to experience, dealing with the conditions, fatigue (of playing four quarters), setting his feet and understanding how to pace yourself. I'm not quite sure, yet. But Zac runs a lot. He can exhaust a lot of energy doing that. I'm not sure, but that might have an effect on him.”

Twelve tribute: OSU donor Boone Pickens' guest of honor at Saturday's game was former playing and coaching great Roger Staubach.

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OSU's Kendall Hunter, right, runs for a touchdown in the second quarter Saturday. Hunter rushed for 113 yards on 14 carries. by NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN


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