November 15, 2009
There are a lot of people I wouldn't want to be this morning -- Charlie Weis, Pete Carroll, Rich Rodriguez, a Kenyan honey hunter. But I suspect all of them are feeling somewhat better than Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson, who's no doubt still feeling his 19th and final carry of the Cowboys' win over Texas Tech, even if he doesn't remember it:
There's no diagnosis on Robinson or Texas Tech's Jamar Wall -- nor any report on their post-collision dental status, commentator Mike Patrick's speculation notwithstanding -- but considering his quarterback was on the turf for more than five minutes before finally wobbling off, OSU coach Mike Gundy was relatively zen about it, telling the Tulsa World that the medical staff "did not seem alarmed." The Cowboys only had one more snap in the game, a kneeldown by backup Alex Cate, after the OSU defense forced a turnover on downs on Texas Tech's last-gasp drive to win.
I'm not that kind of doctor, but I wouldn't count on Robinson being around for Thursday night's date with Colorado, especially with relatively little at stake: With Texas one win away from securing the Big 12 South and nine of the other 10 teams in the conference (all but Nebraska) already saddled with four losses, Oklahoma State can probably punch its ticket to the Cotton Bowl with just one win in its last two -- and maybe even if it somehow loses the last two, considering the relatively sorry state of the competition -- and Colorado at home should be in the bag, starting quarterback or not.
I also wouldn't necessarily advocate getting rid of helmets, but in the wake of hits like this, the Wall Street Journal's rhetorical question last week is apt: Would there ever be collisions like this if players weren't wearing hard plastic shells that help turn their bodies into weapons?