OSU-Missouri State: Notes

It appears the Cowboys came through the first game with nothing but bumps and bruises in the injury department, and there were not many of those. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew suffered a bruised knee in the second quarter after making a seven-yard reception. He was helped off the field but returned to play in the game.

Thin Night for Recruits
With the Cowboys already holding 11 verbal commitments there were not a lot of prospects on hand for the opening game. The headliner was a Cowboy pledge as Heritage Hall defensive tackle/tight end Quintin Prince made the trip to Stillwater. Prince and his Chargers teammates won their opening game on Thursday beating Casady in the annual Polo Bowl.

The other four prospects at the game were Tucker Holland, younger brother of former Cowboy Chase Holland, and a linebacker and wide receiver at Oklahoma Christian; Darryl Knight, a tight end and defensive back from Guthrie; another wide receiver and defensive back in Collin Duel of Guthrie, and Jenks quarterback Matt Ginter. Salt Lake City Cottonwood nose tackle Simi Fili was supposed to have come to the game with his parents but has decided to wait on a game in October, either Texas A&M or Nebraska.

Good Return
Sophomore kicker Jason Ricks missed all of last season with a quad injury and took a medical redshirt. The Round Rock, Texas, product was voted a captain and made all seven of his extra points Saturday night, and after missing a 42-yard field goal try in the first quarter came back and hit a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. That kick was just two yards off his career best of 55 yards kicked during the Texas Tech game his freshman season in 2004.

"It took me a little bit to shake that rust off ... that first extra point when Perrish Cox took that return back I was just going crazy," said Ricks. "The adrenaline was really going. I was just proud of all the special teams. I thought we all played really well."

Ricks said he sensed the kind of attitude on this team that he saw his first year in that team that finished 7-5 and went to the Alamo Bowl.

"I talked with the special teams about getting that pride back," said Ricks. "We talked about that the other day and tonight it felt like we had D. Will (Darrent Williams) and Prentice Elliott back there. Tonight I got that same feeling and I felt like it was 2004 again."

Just Having Fun
Former Cowboy and NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion Steve Mocco made his college football debut, playing much of the second half on the Cowboy defensive line. Mocco, who has not played football since grade school, threw his 6-0, 290-pound body around and had a lot of fun.

"Yeah it was awesome," said Mocco. "I had a great time. I just think of it as every chance I get I want to go all out and get everything I can out of it."

Mocco still plans on wrestling and competing for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, and believes the football experience will help him.

"I am getting a lot stronger and I'm getting a lot faster," said Mocco. "It's making me a better athlete. I've been getting stronger and faster since I started working out and I'm having a lot of fun competing."

Making Their Cowboy Debuts
Perrish Cox was not the only true freshman making his debut Saturday night. Eleven other Cowboys saw action in their first game of their college careers -- Chris Collins (1 solo, 3 assisted tackles), Keith Toston (7 carries for 29 yards, 2 catches for 41 yards), Artrell Woods (1 solo tackle on special teams), Donnell Williams, Patrick Lavine (1 assisted tackle), Al'Darius Thompson, Russell Okung, Terrrance Anderson (2 solo tackles), Orie Lemon, Jonathan Lewis and Derek Burton (4 solo tackles, including one tackle for loss).

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