STILLWATER — Wes Lunt made his triumphant return Saturday for the Oklahoma State football team.
And while he looked shaky in the early going against Texas Christian University, he found a groove in the second half to help the Cowboys pull away for a 36-14 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“(Lunt) got better as it went on. I think his confidence is good. He’s very level headed,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s a very cerebral young man, and I don’t think he doubted himself. I just think it’s human nature and he had to grow into it. He got hit a few times and realized it was going to be OK.”
Lunt’s first pass in over a month was a pick-six for the TCU defense when Lunt threw just behind Josh Stewart, who was unable to make a play on a ball that was intercepted by TCU’s Elisha Olabode.
On the ensuing kickoff, Justin Gilbert got the ball out near midfield but was stripped of the ball and the Horned Frogs recovered. The OSU defense held strong, however, and forced its third straight punt by the TCU offense to open the contest.
With the Oklahoma State offense struggling to pick up a first down, the defense was forced right back out onto the field and the Horned Frogs marched down the field with an 83-yard touchdown drive that consumed three minutes off the clock.
But that would be the only score given up by OSU’s defense, which would force TCU to punt for more times — eight drives in total — and ended the game with three consecutive takeaways.
“They just didn’t panic and I was really, really proud of that,” defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “Any time you get down, you’re always concerned that somebody’s going to start pouting or not perform the way they need to or give up. And we didn’t have any of that.”