Robert Allen's Cowboy Notebook

The numbers are incredible. Dez Bryant has nine receptions for 236 yards and also kicks in a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown. Bryant's 236 yards is the second-highest yardage total in one game by any Cowboy receiver in history. The all-time record is 300 yards set two years ago in a win at Kansas by former Cowboy Adarius Bowman.

Now Kendall Hunter's 210-yards rushing is far from the Cowboy single-game mark, but it is a career best for Hunter topping his 125 yards at Troy last fall. It was his fourth 100-yard plus output and his 58-yard run in the first quarter for the Cowboys first touchdown was his career longest run.

Between the two of them, Bryant and Huntery accounted for 539 of the Cowboys 868 all-purpose yards. Of course, the Cowboys had 699 yards of total offense, second highest in school history. Bryant and Hunter had 446 of those yards.

Now remember, there was a quarterback who had to get them the ball, and Hunter or Keith Toston, who scored a pair of touchdowns coming from 28 and 5 yards, will be the first ones to tell you that the offensive line and fullback Bryant Ward were intimately involved. Ward threw a clearing block on a third quarter Hunter run that set up a touchdown. Then there was Double-D -- Damian Davis. On Bryant's 74-yard wide receiver screen pass for a touchdown, Davis threw a double dip.

"That's something we haven't seen much of," said head coach Mike Gundy. "I know I haven't seen it in my 20 years in coaching. Double D cut the guy at the line of scrimmage on the outside and then got up and cut the guy downfield.

"I call him (Dez) a sigh of relief because as sure as we are about going on a long drive (for a score) we know Dez is going to get the ball. He is very talented but it is about those 10 other guys too. Those freaks out there like Damain Davis and the others are going to work hard and that is just going to make Dez looked that much better," Gundy continued.

Then there was the defense, that hated seeing post-game stats because of a change in the third quarter of how they were going to defend. They too contributed big.

"We just stayed together as a defense," said linebacker Orie Lemon, who made what many considered the defensive play of the game when he recovered a Houston fumble on the Cougar 31 to set up the go ahead touchdown. "It wasn't just me on that fumble recovery it was the 10 other guys on that defense getting there and making the running back lose the ball. We stayed together, tackled together, get some big sacks, and get the win."

It may have seemed like it Saturday night but the Cowboys are more than Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter and Zac Robinson. Now you don't want to diminish any of those guys, but next week against Division I-AA Missouri State it would seem to get a few more guys hands on the ball, especially throwing passes.

INJURIES MOUNTING

> Besides the usual bumps and bruises, Gundy confirmed on his post-game radio show that safety Lucien Antoine tore the ACL in his left knee on the first play of the game and will miss the rest of the season. That is really disheartening considering what a hard worker Antoine was all spring and summer.

The news is better for wide receiver Artrell Woods, who has also worked very hard to overcome that nearly crippling weight room injury. Woods's recovery has been miraculous. Tonight he suffered a sprained left knee and will be out at least five or six days and maybe more.

Defensive tackle Jeray Chatham missed the second half with a foot injury. Chatham originally injured to foot in practice this past week and made it worse in the win over Houston. His return is day to day for right now. The Cowboys have an early season open date following the Missouri State game this coming Saturday and it is looking like a great fit with these injuries.

FIRST STARTS

Because of the injury to Antoine, senior safety T.J. Bell stepped in and started on the Oklahoma State defense in the nickel package. Bell is a deserving player that is playing his best football right now as a senior.

Damian Davis also made his first career start after missing the trip to Seattle last week because of a suspension as the result of violating team rules.

YES, IT WAS 45,001, AND MAYBE LESS, BUT IT STILL LOOKED GOOD
I know it looked like a lot more but that was the dominance of the west end zone and while it was nearly full, and many eyes kept looking that direction, there were sizeable pockets of empty seats on both the north and south side.

It would appear that club seat sales are still slow on the north side and may have lost some ground on the south side. I don't know why. It may be expensive, but that looks like a heckuva way to watch the game, almost like having a suite without the million dollar cost.

Also, there is a good chance the announced attendance was tickets sold and not the actual number of tickets used. Either way it looked and sounded great and there is room for improvement during this home stand that lasts three more games.

RECRUITS, YES, RECRUITING IS STILL GOING ON

The Cowboys are still recruiting although the commitment list has not changed from five recently. Oklahoma State is taking a little more time with the idea of getting difference makers. There were 23 prospects that we counted in the stands as guests of the Cowboys for their 56-37 win over Houston.

We will post a complete list Sunday but among the visitors were Norman North quarterback Tyler Tettleton and his offensive line teammate Cody Hughes fresh off their 58-0 pounding of Norman on Thursday.

Cowboy commitment and Owasso offensive guard Brandon Webb was there along with his defensive back teammate Aaron Colvin and fellow lineman Trent Spurgeon. Webb had been troubled by a knee injury and he and his Rams teammates lost a heart-breaker in week one to Muskogee.

Defensive tackle Tyrus Thompson of Pflugerville, Texas, was there. Thompson said his team had a bye week and he was anxious to get back and resume the season.

Quarterback Taylor McBane of Savanna, Okla., was there fresh off of an opening win.

All the Texas kids left in a hurry, but safety/wide receivers Dwight Matthews and James Conway, linebacker Jermaine Woods, quarterback Keitrell Anderson, and defensive back Antonio Miles were all up from Aldine, Texas in the Houston area.

Remember a complete list of the 23 recruits we spotted on the sidelines will be reported Sunday.

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