September 16, 2007

Dealing with the fallout

It's pretty safe to say that no one saw the end result of Friday night's game between Oklahoma State and Troy coming.

Include Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy in that group. He said the Pokes were ready for the Trojans, who ended up beating down the Cowboys 41-23 in front of a nationwide audience on ESPN2.

"We had practiced well and we had good game plans and we prepared well," Gundy said. "What were the chances of (Keith)Toston fumbling the first two plays of the Florida Atlantic and that game? When you're in college football, anything can happen."

And anything did happen deep in the heart of Dixie. The Cowboys offense sputtered and the defense collapsed, as Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook passed for 371 yards, rushed for 49 and was involved in three touchdowns either by air or ground.

Zac Robinson didn't fare as well in his first-ever collegiate start at quarterback, going 18-of-38 for 196 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and one lost fumble. While he wasn't impressive, he wasn't a disaster, which was apparently enough for Gundy to re-affirm his position from immediately after the loss to the Trojans: That Robinson is the starter in the Big 12 opener this week against Texas Tech in Stillwater. Gundy, who said that Robinson played "good" to "average" against Troy, added that Bobby Reid is solidly the No. 2 quarterback.

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