STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Credit for No. 11 Oklahoma State's impressive 3-0 start has gone to the emergence of sophomore quarterback J.W. Walsh and the strong performance of their veteran-laden defense.
Another component in the Cowboys' success has been the play of senior running back Jeremy Smith.
Smith's numbers don't look all that spectacular until the touchdown category -- he's the Big 12 Conference co-leader with six rushing TDs.
He's a key reason OSU has enjoyed success in the red zone, with 15 touchdowns on 15 trips inside the opposing 20-yard-line.
Smith will be a big part of the Cowboys' game plan when they open Big 12 play on Saturday at West Virginia.
Meanwhile, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen says Clint Trickett will start as quarterback against in place of the injured Ford Childress.
Holgorsen said on his statewide radio show Thursday night that the redshirt freshman Childress has a torn pectoral muscle and didn't practice this week.
Trickett will be the third starter for the Mountaineers this season. Paul Millard and Childress have started two games apiece.
Trickett transferred from Florida State after graduating in the spring. He played two series in the season opener against William & Mary.