Last season OSU had five offensive linemen start all 13 games. Even though all five returned, the unit had a new look on Saturday and it wasn't just the gray jerseys. Of last year's starters — Nick Martinez, Levy Adcock, Lane Taylor, Jonathan Rush and Grant Garner — four stared in against Louisiana but Lane Taylor, a junior right guard, didn't start for the first time in 24 games. The right guard duties went to Martinez, while his old left tackle spot went to 6-foot-7, 291-pound sophomore Parker Graham. Junior college transfer Michael Bowie didn't start but he did see significant time with the first-team offense, further showcasing OSU's ample depth on the line in 2011.
Same old, same old
The OSU offense was far from perfect against the Cajuns but, following Saturday's action around the country, the Cowboys' performance holds up pretty nicely on a national scale. OSU ranks first nationally in total offense (666 yards), first in passing offense (464 yards) and sixth in scoring (61 points). The OSU ground game comes in at 32nd following a 208-yard performance, headed by Joseph Randle's 129-yard and two touchdown showing.
Todd Monken's debut as offensive coordinator was good for the ninth best performance in school history and helped the Cowboys eclipse the 60-point mark for the third time in two years.
Oklahoma State fans deserve a ton of praise following Saturday's season opener. The fifth largest crowd in school history — 55,382 — for Lousiana-Lafayette? Unbelievable. And it wasn't just the amount of bodies in seats that was impressive, the crowd was loud and proud and showed up early. Coach Mike Gundy described it best saying:
"First, I would like to thank all of the Oklahoma State fans for the fifth-largest crowd in school history. I thought that was pretty awesome. And at The Walk today. I don't know how they count how many people are at The Walk, but I don't remember ever seeing that many people at The Walk. Two guys I played football with were back in town for the Hall of Honor ceremony, and it just blew them away. It was really a good job by the fans to support the players, and I really appreciate that."
Props for Harrison
A whirlwind of a week for sophomore receiver Michael Harrison ended on a positive note.
After being declared ineligible for Saturday's game on Tuesday, things changed rapidly as he was reinstated on Friday by the team.
Harrison responded by hauling in a beautiful 15-yard touchdown strike from Brandon Weeden to extend the Cowboys' lead to 51-20 and finished with three catches for 32 yards on the night.