OSU football notebook: Career night for Sharp
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 6:20 AM
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Quinn Sharp was five-for-five on field goals, surpassing his previous career-high of four field goals set against Louisiana-Lafayette last season.
"You want (the offense) to get in that red zone and be successful, but whenever it's my job to go out there, I'm going to do my best to get points on the board and help those guys out," Sharp said.
Sharp is 15-of-20 on field goals this season, his second since adding place-kicking to his punting duties.
"We're going to miss him when he (leaves)," coach Mike Gundy said, jokingly saying OSU would try to get another season out of Sharp. "He's terrific punting the ball. His first punt wasn't very good, but other than that, he was really good."
Injury update: The Cowboys played without quarterback J.W. Walsh and wide receiver Tracy Moore, who are injured.
Wes Lunt returned to start quarterback for the first time since Sept. 15, and receivers John Goodlett and David Glidden were back after missing the last two games.
Wideout Isaiah Anderson played after getting hurt against Kansas, and running back Jeremy Smith saw his first significant playing time after being limited in the last two games.
"I'm glad to be back and I'm ready to just keep working," Smith said.
Additionally, cornerback Andrae May made his season debut after tearing an ACL in the spring.
Firsts: For the first time since 1986, OSU has held three straight conference opponents below 20 points.
Safety Zack Craig recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter, and fullback Kye Staley was in the starting lineup for the first time this year.
Streaks: Lunt's 20-yard pass to Charlie Moore capped a five-play, 80-yard drive that took a minute and nine seconds. It marked the 34th straight game in which OSU has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes.
The Cowboys ended TCU's streak of having won 14 straight road conference games, the longest in the nation and third-best in the NCAA since 1996. The Horned Frogs lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2007.
TCU led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter, marking the fourth time in as many games that OSU was either tied or trailed at the end of the opening period. Saturday, when TCU was up 14-9 at halftime, was the first time since last season against Texas A&M that the Cowboys won after trailing at the break.
Defensive stand: OSU held TCU's offense to five three-and-outs in the first half, the most for the Cowboys against an FBS opponent this season.
Uniform watch: For the third straight game, the Cowboys wore new helmets. Saturday's were black with the "Phantom" Pistol Pete logo, paired with black jerseys and black pants.
Game captains: OSU's captains were Randle, Calvin Barnett, Shamiel Gary and Larry Stephens.
OSU receiver Charlie Moore celebrates after his diving leap into the end zone. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World