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September 29, 2013

OSU-WV notebook

Gilbert’s status after ejection uncertain

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was uncertain on the status of cornerback Justin Gilbert for next week’s game after Saturday’s ejection. Late in the loss, with the game no longer in doubt, Gilbert was ejected for throwing several punches — including a big uppercut — during a skirmish with a West Virginia player.

“To be honest with you, they’ve changed the rule so much that I don’t know,” Gundy said. “I don’t think so, because it wasn’t a defenseless player, I don’t think it does. But I should know that.

“I guess I’m just not prepared for our guys to do that. We don’t stand for that and we’ve got to be better than that.”

Gilbert may not be the only player in doubt for next week’s contest against Kansas State.

Receivers Josh Stewart and Jhajuan Seales appeared to sustain head injuries in the closing minutes, with Stewart being walked to the locker room before the game was over and Seales lying motionless on the field — until members of the training staff came to his aid — in the final minute.

Walsh leading rusher

With the struggles in the run game, OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh ended up being OSU’s leading rusher with 52 yards on 16 carries — an average of 3.2 per carry. Starting running back Jeremy Smith wasn’t able to do much of anything with 15 carries for a net of 1 yard with his longest run being four yards. The longest run of the game came from Desmond Roland, who was given the ball just seven times and was still able to rack up 46 yards thanks to one run going for 22 yards.

The poor averages didn’t only strike the rushing game of Oklahoma State.

Cowboy punter Kip Smith had his worst showing as OSU’s punter. Replacing long-time punter Quinn Sharp this season, Smith averaged 37.9 yards per punt — shy of his season average of 40.2 through the first three games.

Having to punt 10 times, Smith landed four attempts inside the 20-yard line. He also had a long of 50 yards. But a 13-yard shank late in the first half allowed West Virginia to move just 43 yards for a touchdown that put the Mountaineers up 24-14 at halftime.

Conference road woes continue

The last time Oklahoma State won on the road in Big 12 Conference action was last season in a less than impressive 20-14 win over a Kansas team that has not won a conference game in two years. However, in the four-straight conference road losses the Cowboys have fallen by an average of eight points.

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