When the Oklahoma State Cowboys started the 2012 college football season, they planned to do so with freshman quarterback. Brandon Weeden was gone, and the Cowboys would have to turn to a quarterback who would be nearly 10 years younger than last season’s quarterback who led the Cowboys to a huge Fiesta Bowl victory over the Stanford Cardinals. Had Oklahoma State been able to defeat the Iowa State Cyclones last year – like they did on Saturday – they would have been playing for a BCS National Championship.
But alas, it was not meant to be, and the Cowboys entered 2012 in a bit of a rebuilding mode.
Head coach Mike Gundy was going to go with a freshman quarterback. He just didn’t know that he was going to have to keep switching between the two through the first six games.
The Cowboys are 4-2 this year, including a 2-1 record in the Big 12 conference. Their schedule gets brutal over the next five weeks, and while J.W. Walsh may have been the freshman quarterback who helped the Cowboys win their past two games, it will be Wes Lunt who will look to guide Oklahoma State to a couple of more wins to make them bowl eligible in 2012.
Lunt started the season under center for Oklahoma State and played well. But when he went down with an injury, it was Walsh who stepped up and continued to lead the Cowboys’ strong aerial attack. Under Walsh and Lunt, Oklahoma State has the No. 7 passing offense, No. 8 rushing offense, and ranks No. 4 in points scored this season. Now, they will have to see if they can keep up those high scoring numbers with yet another change under center.
In Saturday’s upset revenge victory, Walsh was lost for the season with a knee injury. Walsh was believed to have suffered the injury early in the game, but played the remainder of the big home win for the Cowboys. But Gundy later would say that it would be his last game of 2012.
Lunt will take over after playing the first few games before giving way to Walsh when he went down in the third game of the season. Now, Lunt will take back his job at a time when some people were actually wondering whether or not Oklahoma State would consider medically redshirting Lunt for the rest of the season. With that no longer being an option following the loss of Walsh, Lunt will have to step back in and hope to lead the Cowboys to a few upsets as they begin the home stretch of the 2012 season in Stillwater.