OSU-FAU Notes: Roberts Is OK

STILLWATER – Calvin Roberts, who was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half and was wheeled off the field after being placed on a back board, is OK and had feeling in his extremities after the game, Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy said.

Roberts, a junior from Port Arthur, Texas, lay motionless on the 10-yard line for about 10 minutes while OSU doctors and trainers tended to him. He was eventually strapped to the back board and loaded onto a cart. He was taken by ambulance to Stillwater Medical Center.

"Calvin Roberts is going to be fine. That's good news," Gundy said. "He's moving and everything. We're happy that he's going to be fine."

Despite having a 70-yard touchdown run (by Dantrell Savage) and a 69-yard catch and run (by Adarius Bowman with a Bobby Reid pass), Gundy said he is not happy that the Cowboys are not producing more big plays.

"I think we had one, two, three, four, maybe five or six chunk plays," Gundy said while looking at a cheat sheet during his postgame press conference. "We need eight chunk plays a game. When we start playing teams that are better we'll need more chunk plays than that."

Gundy calls a chunk play one that gains 16 to 18 yards or more, or one that results in a touchdown from inside the 15-yard line.

"We've got to be able to get more chunk plays. We don't get enough big plays," the Cowboy head coach said. "In this stretch that we go through here we're going to play some teams that are better than what we've played."

The Cowboys entered Saturday night's game as the 23rd-best Division I-A team in the nation at running the ball (averaging 200.5 yards per game). Thanks to the threesome of Mike Hamilton, Dantrell Savage and Keith Toston that average will go up when the NCAA statistics are released Monday.

The Cowboys ran for 246 yards on 43 rushing attempts for an average of 5.7 yards per run. Savage, playing for the first time this season after nursing a injury the first two weeks of the season, ran for 97 yards on just eight carries, including an impressive 70-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Hamilton ran for 85 yards on 11 attempts, while Toston had 45 yards on 10 carries.

"I know he's not full speed because he didn't look good on the long run, but he's got some ability a chance to make guys miss," Gundy said of Savage. "Michael continues to play well, like always. Michael's running hard this year, is protecting the ball and is more elusive than he was last year. Toston (makes) some of his best runs when nobody blocks. He gets hit three or four times and gets two yards. I like where we're at at that position. It gives us an opportunity in this run here that we need to go on to keep some guys fresh."

Cowboy quarterback Bobby Reid was 9 of 16 passing for 186 yards, including the 69-yard touchdown pass to Adarius Bowman in the third quarter. But he misfired badly on several throws and his head coach believes that he must play better if the Cowboys are to continue winning.

"Bobby played OK," Gundy said. "Bobby has got to be more accurate in the throwing game. He ran the ball fine. A couple times early I didn't like the way he ran. He's got a long ways to go. He's got to get better. When guys get open he's got to be able to hit them."

Cowboy punter Matt Fodge averaged better than 50 yards for the second game in a row Saturday night. Fodge averaged 51.6 yards on five punts, including a 70-yarder which pinned Florida Atlantic on its own 8-yard line in the first quarter. Two plays later the Cowboy defense forced a turnover and Chris Collins returned it three yards for a touchdown.

Fodge averaged 52.7 yards on three punts against Arkansas State last week.

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