Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy expects senior quarterback Zac Robinson to play Thursday night against Colorado, despite a violent helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked him out of the Cowboys' victory over Texas Tech Saturday night with a head injury.
Robinson was stunned on a violent hit by Texas Tech cornerback Jamar Wall with 1:38 left in the Cowboys' 24-17 victory. Both players remained on the ground for several minutes after the play while medical personnel attended to them.
Robinson, who has made 34 consecutive starts as Oklahoma State's quarterback, was tested Sunday and will be tested again on Monday, Gundy said.
"His tests went very well," Gundy said. "We're anticipating him being able to play."
That realization is leading Gundy to plan like Robinson will be in the lineup in a critical game for the 8-2 Cowboys' bowl hopes.
"We want to do what's best for him first. If he's not ready to play then we're not going to play him," Gundy said. "But just sitting him because of the opponent we're playing, we're not in a position to do that, especially for a guy that means as much as he does to our football team. We want to do what's best for him and his future. Then we'll do what's best for the team next."
The devastating shot to Robinson was a frightening moment for Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer.
"Your heart sinks into the bottom of your toes," Brewer said. "Then you see some limbs move and you just have to hope for the best. As a parent or a coach you just have to hope for the best."
Cate, a fourth-year junior, hasn't attempted a pass this season. He has completed 4 of 5 passes for 56 yards in his career.
Weeden, 26, is a third-year sophomore who earlier had a career as a professional baseball player. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns in an earlier victory this season over Grambling.
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