Three-pronged OSU offense makes history against Houston

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kendall Hunter came to the sidelines late during the second half of Oklahoma State's victory over Houston, amazed at the kind of offense that his team was producing.

"It was really crazy," Hunter said. "I came over at one point and (OSU running backs) Coach (Curtis) Luper told us we were making NCAA history. I didn't know about it until he told me."

The Cowboys trio of Hunter, wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Zac Robinson had the most prolific three-pronged offensive game in Big 12 history as they sparked the Cowboys' 56-37 victory over Houston.

In the process, they became the first trio to include a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in the game in Big 12 history and only the fifth in NCAA FBS history.

"Just put it this way -- I slept really well Saturday night," said Bryant, who earned national player of the weeks honors after snagging nine receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns. For good measure he added a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter that iced the victory.

Hunter rushed for 210 yards, producing the first 200-yard game of his career. And Robinson passed for 320 yards to highlight OSU's mammoth 699-yard offensive effort. It was the second-best in school history, trailing only a 717-yard output against Kansas in 1988.

"We didn't realize how many yards we had made because we were just trying to play as a team," Hunter said. "But after they told me how many I had after the third quarter, I wanted to stay in there and get some more."

There were some concerns with former offensive coordinator Larry Fedora left for the head coaching position at Southern Mississippi and Adarius Bowman and Dantrell Savage both left school after last season.

Hunter has blossomed into OSU's featured back after being utilized as the Cowboys' situational back last season.

"I feel like I'm more comfortable in the offense," Hunter said. "I would just run and could adjust to what the defense was doing. I just feel better out there now."

After Bowman went down with an injury late last season, Bryant emerged as the Cowboys' top receiving threat down the stretch. He produced 24 of his 43 receptions in the final four games last season.

"I've just kind of picked up where I left off last year," Bryant said. "At first I was a little nervous, but my time is now. My confidence started building up last year and since then, I've been rolling."

If anything, the current trio appears to be just as good and might even deserve the self-proclaimed title of "Greatest Show on Earth" that OSU publicists bestowed on last year's offensive team.

OSU coach Mike Gundy said the unique statistical honor his trio accomplished is one of the most difficult to accomplish in college football.

"It's difficult to get a player to rush for over 200 yards, but it's much more difficult for a receiver to get over 200 yards, but it's much more difficult for a receiver to get over 200 yards just because it's hard to get the ball to somebody that many times," Gundy said.

The OSU coach knows a little about offense. He was the quarterback on the 1988 team that also included running back Barry Sanders and wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes. But that group never was able to accomplish a 200-200-300.

Gundy was careful to add that many other OSU players had big games on offense. Wide receiver DeMarcus Conner, who had no receptions, had 12 knockdown blocks. The entire OSU team produced 84 knockdown blocks.

"DeMarcus had 12 knock-downs. That's unbelievable," Gundy said. "I continue to talk about this because I'm a little concerned about all the attention that Dez and Kendall have gotten. But I'm happy with the effort on offense."