OSU-SMU Game Notes

The entire team seemed to be delighted to see backup tailbacks Calvin Roberts and Greg Gold get their opportunity to shine in the win over SMU. Roberts came to OSU from Port Arthur Memorial in Texas. The high school quarterback made the transition to tailback, dealt with an early injury that set him back, and after showing promise in the spring has been relegated to scout team duty. Roberts came in and took his first collegiate carry up the middle breaking tackles for a 19-yard gain. He showed the speed to get around the corner and added a four-yard touchdown run in carrying nine times for 76 yards.

Gold has had some mop up duty including a nice effort at SMU last season. His first carry of the night went for 29 yards around the right side. He finished with 63 yards on 10 carries.

Virtually all of the players on the bench came over and congratulated both players after they came off the field from impressive stints.

This may be the best news for the Cowboys. There were very few injuries as defensive tackles Brad Girtman (sprained ankle) and Clay Coe (hip pointer) were held out to have them full speed for Iowa State on Oct. 2. Jamar Ransom, who suffered a knee injury in preseason practice, came back and got some plays in accounting for three tackles in the game.

The only new injuries were a slight hamstring injury to strong safety Vernon Grant and a sprained ankle to cornerback and return specialist Darrent Williams. Both should be ready for the Iowa State game.

The headliner of the weekend was Alief Hastings defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, rated as one of the best defensive tackles in the nation, was at the game on an official visit. He is also looking at Texas A&M, Stanford, Oklahoma and others. He was there with his parents and his high school assistant coach. We'll check with Oghobaase when he gets home to see how the visit went.

Sulphur linebacker Eric Preast, who committed to OSU this summer, was also on hand for the SMU game as was Vinita offensive lineman and commitment Noah Franklin. Others among the 32 unofficial visitors for the game included Waco offensive lineman Brad Lankford; Hays, Kan. linebacker Mike Hester; Arlington Bowie cornerback Andrew Arnold; Canadian, Texas wide receiver and safety Tony Livingston, Edmond Memorial center and deep snapper Zach Allen, and the Edmond Santa Fe trio of tailback Steve Ihekona, tight end Kent Norman and safety Reece Underwood.

The Alumni basketball game staged at 1 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena featured former standouts like Byron Houston, Brett Robisch, Joe Adkins, Bryndon Manzer, Cheyne Gadsen, Win Case, and NBA star Desmond Mason playing for the winning Cowboys team. Doug Gottlieb, Victor Williams, Randy Rutherford and Chianti Roberts were among those playing for the Aggies.

The Cowboys won 100-96 with Byron Houston scoring the final four points of the game. Houston, thinner than in his playing days, hit a beautiful turnaround fadeaway jumper and then sealed the win with a pair of free throws. The Cowboys used a "hack-a-Doug" ploy that hurt the Aggies scoring. The Cowboys just fouled Gottlieb and put the guard, who struggles with free throws, at the charity stripe. Joe Adkins hit a key three-pointer down the stretch. That helped make up for Adkins' loss at halftime to Rutherford in a three-point shooting contest. The two were tied after shooting the treys, so to break the tie they moved to half court. Each made their first before Rutherford hit a second midcourt shot to clinch to contest victory.

The Cowboys gained a commitment they wanted as Dallas Lincoln 6-0 point guard Byron Eaton told the Oklahoma State coaches that he is coming to Stilwlater. Eaton was in this weekend for an official visit. He is the second ranked high school player in Texas right behind fellow Cowboy commitment Gerald Green, a 6-7 guard out of Houston Gulf Shores Academy. The Cowboys also have commitments out of Texans Terrell Harris, a guard out of Garland, and DeSoto forward Roderick Flemings.

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