OSU-FAU Notebook

It will be discussed heavily this upcoming week. Does OSU have a quarterback controversy? Zac Robinson came in for a shaken up starter in Bobby Reid and threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, hitting 14-of-20 passes. Robinson also ran for 20 yards and directed scoring drives of 77, 78, 77 and 67 yards.

"He has been a great middle reliever for us," said Gundy.

"Last year (Texas A&M) I was definitely coming off straight cold off the bench, but this year was a little bit different," said Robinson of his foray at quarterback. "I had some plays in the game with some of that two QB stuff that we have and I think that kind of helped me out a lot."

Reid was ineffective in his stint Saturday night against Florida Atlantic and had struggled, not totally because of his own play, in the season-opening 35-14 loss at Georgia. He has been strong in practice but Robinson, with less practice time, has been strong when called upon in games. As with most backup quarterbacks, he has been a fan favorite.

"This is my third year being here and I get more comfortable every day in this offense," added Robinson. "I seem to know what we are going to call, when we call it, and I feel like I'm on the same page with Coach (Larry) Fedora, Coach (Mike) Gundy, and all the offensive coaches."

The major question now is who starts at Troy? Saturday night's results say it's Robinson, but the head coach told the media it would be Reid, if he was ready. He told us it's more of a wait and see.

"I have not gone in to find out actually what the injury is," said Gundy of Reid. "They just told me he was not coming back for awhile and once we got going there was no reason to put him back in. I think he'll practice tomorrow, but I haven't got that far yet."

Speaking of injuries, there were some, but none appear too serious. Offensive guard David Koenig missed a couple of series but returned from a hand injury. Defensive end Nathan Peterson was held out of the second half as a precaution, as was wide receiver Tommy Devereaux. You may have noticed also, no Dez Bryant Saturday night. Bryant did not even suit up due to a team rules issue. There is no word on two running backs, starter Dantrell Savage and jumbo back Julius Crosslin, as both suited up but did not play with undisclosed injuries.

Walk-on running back Chris Offor of Glenpool, Okla., wound up being the Cowboys' leading rusher with fourth-quarter duty that saw him gain 77 yards on 10 carries, including several spectacular runs. Offor is a huge Barry Sanders fan as he wears the Detroit Lions logo on his shoe and has all kinds of Sanders' posters and souvenirs.

Sanders and his eighth grade son happened to be at the game and on the sidelines during the fourth quarter. Offor made his biggest run, a 41-yard beauty down to the FAU 14, and as Offor looked up, there was Sanders. The Cowboy junior popped up and pointed straight at Sanders after he finished the run as if to pay honor ot the Cowboy great and say that was for you.

One of the most spectacular plays of the night came in the third quarter when Robinson hit Adarius Bowman deep and Bowman did the rest out running and breaking tackles for a 77-yard touchdown pass. The radio voice of the Cowboys, Dave Hunziker called it a determined effort, and Bowman agreed.

"I guess that is the best word to use on that," agreed Bowman. "Mainly, Zac made a great throw and I saw a lot of green. I just started heading to the end zone and I told myself I can't fall down, I'm too close to it, and it was mainly all determination."

The premier player on hand arrived a little late as Muskogee (Okla.) High School wide receiver Jameel Owens, who had more than 150 yards receiving in a Friday win over Norman North, not only watched the game, but stayed overnight on Saturday with his good friend and current Cowboy Derek Burton.

Owens was joined at the game by Muskogee quarterback Trae Cook, who is an outstanding athlete. Owens is 6-4, 215 pounds and runs a 4.45. He and Guthrie standout and Cowboy commitment Kye Staley are considered the best prospects in the state. Staley had three touchdowns in a 62-0 win over Piedmont on Friday.

Staley's teammate, defensive back Israel Esco was at the game. Others on hand included:
Cody Hughes, OT, Moore
Austin Feuerborn, DT, Mustang
Gabe Moyer, OL, McGuinness
Andrew Blackard, DT, Claremore
Matt Lantz, OL/DT, Clinton
Jeremy Smith (Jr.), RB, Tulsa Union
Howard Scarborough, WR, Tulsa Union
Nathan Baddger, DT, Norman North

We counted 19 recruits or prospects at the game on Saturday, including Westmoore defensive end Joey Fowler, who has already committed verbally to Texas Tech. Fowler is a big defensive end and just exactly the kind of player that the Cowboys are looking to fill out their recruiting class with. He was also in Stillwater several times this summer.

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