September 29, 2007

Ho-hum victory

STILLWATER - On a day when the Big 12 was turned upside down, perhaps it was a good thing for Oklahoma State that its opponent didn't come from the dirty dozen.

Instead, they faced Sam Houston State, in a game which proved to be nothing more than a ho-hum exhibition, as the Cowboys rolled to a 39-3 victory in front of 41,139 fans inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

Even though it was a 36-point margin of victory for Cowboys, the game never felt like it had gotten that out of hand. Coach Mike Gundy said as much after the game.

"We won by 36 points, but I kind of feel like we won by 14," Gundy said. "It just didn't seem like we played that well overall."

Until the 50-yard punt return for touchdown by Perrish Cox in the third quarter, there really wasn't a lot of excitement in this one, as OSU (3-2) started off slowly before quietly distancing themselves from the Bearkats (2-2). The first half was pretty tame for the Pokes, aside from a 29-yard touchdown pass from Zac Robinson to Adarius Bowman and an 18-yard pass reeled in by Dantrell Savage. The OSU tailback had a nice day statistically, rushing for 115 yards on 15 carries in addition to catching the score.

Even so, Gundy wasn't impressed with him against the Bearkats.

"I didn't think he was full-speed, in my opinion," Gundy said. "Now, I could be wrong. Obviously I don't coach the guy. He made some good plays, but I didn't think he was just explosive and took the game over."

The third-year coach wasn't overly thrilled with Robinson's performance, either. The Denver-area product had a nice evening throwing the ball, though he paid for trying to force some of his throws with two interceptions. Other than those mistakes, he was efficient in passing, going 19-of-28 for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

"Pretty average would be my guess, without watching tape," said Gundy of Robinson's night. "An ill-advised throw down to the 15-yard-line that was intercepted. Then he had another one which was intercepted at the 2 or 3, I thought was a poor decision on his part. In fact, I know it was, because I was standing right there and saw it happen. I would say pretty average."

"I didn't think I did very well, personally," said Robinson, who turned 21 tonight. "But we did enough to get it done. I made a few decisions I wish I didn't. I was just trying to do too much. I will definitely learn from that."

The return of Rhett Bomar to the state of Oklahoma wasn't a pretty one for him. While he was able to move the ball with some regularity against the Cowboys, the Bearkats' offensive drives fizzled out as they got deeper into Cowboy territory. For the game, he completed 22 passes on 49 attempts for 270 yards and 1 interception. Credit the OSU defense for making the evening bumpy for the junior from Grand Prairie, Texas. He was sacked twice and hurried and hit multiple times.

"I was concerned about their offense with Bomar playing," Gundy said. "Let's all face it. They don't have the same opportunities we do, so we should take care of business. For me to say that we shouldn't would not be shooting everybody straight. When you have a quarterback that's a big-time player and he touches the ball every play, it can be a concern.

"He does a nice job of throwing the ball on time and he has a big-time arm. He's tough."

As for the former Oklahoma Sooner, being back in the 46th state wasn't a big deal for him.

"I didn't look at it any different," Bomar said. "Everybody wanted to make a big deal about me coming back to Oklahoma, but it's not like I'm from here so it's just a one-time thing."

Bearkat head coach Todd Whitten was happy with Bomar's performance, saying he was focused and dealt with OSU's defensive pressure well. He was also complimentary of OSU as a team.

"We just played the best opponent on our schedule," he said. "I think there were times we competed pretty well. Our defense was outmatched. I think Oklahoma State has one of the better offenses in the country. They're very talented."

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