Cowboys Roll To Easy Victory

STILLWATER – Mike Gundy may not want to hear it but it's beginning to appear that there may be a quarterback controversy brewing in Stillwater. Zac Robinson, filling in for an injured Bobby Reid, threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in helping Oklahoma State defeat Florida Atlantic 42-6 on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The sophomore from Littleton, Colo., came off the bench after Reid got hurt late in the first quarter and played the most he has in his three years at Oklahoma State. Robinson quarterbacked an offense which was struggling in the first quarter to three touchdowns while behind center for the final three quarters (at least until redshirt freshman Alex Cate came on to take his first snaps behind center in the game's final minutes).

"I thought he played pretty well, without watching the tape," Gundy said. "Just from standing over there, I think he had two bad reads. Obviously, one of them was the interception… but I'll have to watch the tape."

Robinson directed a 12-play, 77-yard touchdown drive late in the first half that culminated in a 7-yard scoring pass to Adarius Bowman. The Cowboy quarterback was 8-of-9 passing for 82 yards (OSU had a 10-yard holding penalty on the drive). The TD pass to Bowman was not without controversy as the officials initially ruled it was an interception in the end zone but Gundy asked for the play to be reviewed and it was overturned giving Bowman and the Cowboys a touchdown – and a 21-6 halftime lead.

He also led the Cowboys on back-to-back scoring drives on their first two possessions of the second half. Robinson was 2-for-2 as they drove 78 yards in just six plays to begin the second half, culminating with freshman Kendall Hunter's 47-yard touchdown catch and run on a swing pass.

Robinson and the Cowboys took on their own 23 after forcing FAU to a three-and-out. The quarterback dropped back and found Bowman streaking down the middle of the field on the first play, and the Cowboy receiver broke several tackles en route to the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown.

"I thought I played all right," said Robinson, who played nearly a full game for the first time since his senior year three years ago at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo. "I came in and our offensive line played great, and I think that had a lot to do with it."

Another person who had a lot to do with Robinson's success was Bowman, who caught six passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

"That's what we expect him to do. He needs to step up and make plays for us, and he's done that when we've gotten the ball thrown in his direction. He continues to be difficult to bring down in space," Gundy said about Bowman.

The Cowboy coaching staff was expecting to use Robinson about 15 to 20 plays Saturday night, but that changed when Reid was injured when running the ball late in the first quarter.

"I didn't think he played very good. It didn't look like it to me. His first two passes were bad. It didn't look like he played very steady before he got hurt," Gundy said of Reid, who was 2-of-5 passing for 5 yards and ran the ball four times for 32 yards before the injury.

Gundy insists that nothing will change when the Cowboys travel to Troy University for Friday night's nationally televised game (ESPN2), if Reid is able to practice this week.

"I don't know how bad Bobby's hurt, so our quarterback situation hasn't changed until I find out what the injury is," he said.

A year ago it was Perrish Cox who gave Cowboy fans reason to cheer by returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the home opener. This time it was safety Andre Sexton who made the big play on the very first play in Boone Pickens Stadium.

FAU took over on its own 9-yard line after a holding penalty on the opening kickoff. FAU's first play from scrimmage had quarterback Rusty Smith throwing a quick pass to receiver Chris Bonner. But the ball bounced out of Bonner's hands and right into Sexton's, and the Cowboy sophomore bounced and spun his way 14 yards into the end zone for a touchdown – just 13 seconds into the game.

The Cowboy offense sputtered throughout much of the first half before Cox worked his magic. The sophomore caught Florida Atlantic Keegan's Peterson's 54-yard punt on his own 10, and turned it on as he raced past the Cowboy bench. FAU's Carldayle Brantley finally pulled him down 67 yards later at the 24.

Bobby Reid scrambled for a 13-yard gain on the first play but was shaken up when tackled by FAU linebacker Cergile Sincere. The Cowboys, with Robinson at quarterback, scored two plays later on Keith Toston's 5-yard run up the middle to go up 14-3.

Florida Atlantic 3 3 0 0 – 6
Oklahoma State 14 7 14 7 – 42

OSU – Andre Sexton 14-yard interception return (Jason Ricks kick)
FAU – Warley Leroy 45-yard field goal
OSU – Keith Toston 5-yard run (Jason Ricks kick)
FAU – Warley Leroy 26-yard field goal
OSU – Adarius Bowman 7-yard pass from Zac Robinson (Jason Ricks kick)
OSU – Kendall Hunter 47-yard pass from Zac Robinson (Jason Ricks kick)
OSU – Adarius Bowman 77-yard pass from Zac Robinson (Jason Ricks kick)
OSU – Kendall Hunter 33-yard run (Jason Ricks kick)

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