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November 12, 2012

OSU's Stewart shows some fight against West Virginia

STILLWATER — All his life Oklahoma State sophomore wide receiver Josh Stewart has been told he’s too small to be an impact player for a major college football program.

But as Stewart showed Saturday against West Virginia, sometimes it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog.

“It’s all about the fight in you, it’s not about the size,” Stewart said. “I’ve been taught that all my life. I think I’ve done a good job of proving that.”

On a day where most fans were anxious to see the kind of numbers West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith could put up, Stewart stole the spotlight by setting a career-high with 13 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Mountaineers. He also ran the ball once on a reverse for a 46-yard touchdown that sparked the Cowboys’ offense.

“I got the reverse, saw the defensive end come and (Clint) Chelf made a great block,” Stewart said. “After that, I saw Charlie Moore in front and all I had to do was cut off his butt and I knew I was going to score. It just worked out perfectly, just like we practiced.”

“We wanted to get the ball to him more,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s starting to mature and really develop into a good football player. Josh likes to play the game. Guys that like to play football and are tough, durable and want the ball in crucial situations, have a lot of success.”

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken credits that durability from the 5-foot-10 sophomore to the success he had against West Virginia.

“He just bounces up off of the turf,” Monken said. “I would have thought that he would have broken down by now with as much as we try to utilize him. He’s a tough son of a gun.”

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