The Cowboys had a couple of specials guests in their bench area for the game. The most notable being one of the triplets from last year's team in All-Big 12 tailback Tatum Bell. The Cowboys leading rusher from a year ago had the afternoon off from his current employer, the nearby Denver Broncos.
Bell left early in the fourth quarter to drive back to Denver and meet up with the team for meetings and an overnight stay in a hotel before the Broncos game with the Carolina Panthers. Bell, who was slowed by a broken middle finger in training camp, is expecting to see a lot of action in the Carolina game.
"Quinten (Griffin) was injured last week," said Bell of the Broncos starting tailback. "I'm not starting, but I'm expecting to play a lot. I'm really excited about getting an opportunity."
Bell also said he is not surprised by the way Oklahoma State is playing this season.
"I knew they were going to be able to run the ball," said Bell, who saw what Morency could do last season when he spelled him while he dealt with an ankle injury. "I know they are struggling with throwing the football some, but these guys have a lot of talent and I knew they would do well."
Bell was joined on the sidelines by his former Cowboy teammate, wide receiver and punt returner Gabe Lindsay. Lindsay's brother and former OSU quarterback Tony Lindsay was up in the stands watching his alma mater. The Lindsays came to OSU from Denver Jefferson High School. Tony has settled back in the Denver area and is coaching football at Denver Montbello High School.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles as he was an assistant at Colorado on Bill McCartney's staff in Boulder from 1982-86. Miles talks of how much he learned and how he enjoyed coaching at Colorado. He became friends with current Colorado head coach Gary Barnett as they were on the staff together.
It was homecoming for real at Colorado this weekend, and Miles was a little curious as to why the Buffs selected the Cowboys for a homecoming opponent.
"They should never have picked us for homecoming," said Miles laughing. "I mean my goodness, what you've gotta pick is some team you can out and manhandle, that ain't us. You know we're just going to wear them out."
First, Longest and Best
There were plenty of all of these, but our picks for the top in each category all pertain to the passing game.
Former walk-on wide receiver Luke Frazier caught his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter when he hauled in a 20-yard toss from Donovan Woods.
"It was real special, first touchdown I never even dreamed it," said Frazier of the scoring reception. "When he first checked to it I was kind of mad because the original play I thought I had a better chance to make a catch. Nine out of 10 times it's going to the outside, but I was hustling and I got inside of that safety. He saw the hole and got it to me."
D'Juan Woods collects the longest as his short catch and then spectacular run after the catch added up to a 53-yard scoring play, the longest touchdown catch in his Cowboy career.
"Coach (Monken) really stresses running after the catch and makes us finish," said D'Juan. "We do that even on simple passes every day at practice and it really paid off, helping me run after the catch. He looked at me and I looked at him and we didn't even need a play call. It was just like high school. We knew exactly what we had to do."
The best is Donovan Woods' day. The redshirt freshman quarterback was 8-of-11 with three touchdowns and one interception for a total of 193 yards. It was his best career day as a college passer.
It was a rough, physical win, and the Cowboys may have paid a price for the win.
There were a lot of players that came off with cramps, but the two serious injuries were free safety Thomas Wright and weak safety Jamie Thompson. Wright suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet blow with Colorado tailback Lawrence Vickers on Vickers' fourth quarter touchdown run. The two banged heads at about the 2-yard line. Vickers stumbled into the end zone, but Wright was down on the spot. After several minutes Wright was able to walk off the field with assistance.
Thompson came out late in the fourth quarter as he had to be helped to the sidelines. It was diagnosed as a sprained knee. Thompson thought he would be okay, but he will be evaluated in Stillwater.
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