Gundy Defends Robinson

Zac Robinson has accumulated more than 10,000 yards of total offense during his Oklahoma State playing career, and will be remembered as one of the Cowboys best quarterbacks for many years to come. But the fifth-year senior struggled - accounting for just 38 total yards - in Saturday's Bedlam game after missing last week's contest with Colorado because of a shoulder injury.

Robinson was just 9-of-21 passing for 44 yards with one interception (which was returned to the OSU 13-yard line and led to a Sooner touchdown), and rushed for negative-six yards on eight carries.

Saturday was his lowest offensive output in his 35 games as the Cowboys starting quarterback, since Robinson took over for Bobby Reid early in the 2007 season.

Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy insists that although Robinson wasn't 100 percent following the vicious hit he took from Texas Tech cornerback Jamar Walls on Nov, 14, he still gave Oklahoma State a better chance to win than backup Brandon Weeden.

"Their defense is the reason we weren't very productive. Zac's not 100 percent but there's no excuse of that (performance). That's not what caused the offense to not play well today," Gundy said after the game.

"We'd liked for him to be in a little bit better health but he wasn't. But he certainly wanted to play and we felt like he ... we know for a fact that he gave us the best chance to win, but it didn't work out well for us. He was able to scramble some early in the game, but we didn't convert any in key situations."

The Cowboys finished with only 109 total yards of offense and just six first downs, although three of those came off OU penalties. OSU's Quinn Sharp punted 14 times.

Robinson was pulled from the game midway through the fourth quarter with the Cowboys trailing 27-0,and Weeden was inserted at quarterback.

"The positive that came out of this is I feel defensively the guys played well and we had a good game plan. Unfortunately, offensively we never gave them a chance. We kept them on the field the entire game and couldn't get anything going. When you do that it makes it extremely difficult to continue to play hard," Gundy said.

"We just never could generate anything or get anything going (on offense), and when you're playing on the road and that happens it kind of snowballs on you."

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