STILLWATER (AP) _ A win against Kansas State took its toll on OklahomaState's defense.

The Cowboys (5-3, 3-1 Big 12) lost starting linebackers Patrick Lavine and Jeremy Nethon to injuries in the second half. Lavine was hurt during the opening possession of the second half, while Nethon was injured in the fourth quarter.

Fortunately for OSU, an open week will provide some extra time to heal before 17th-ranked Texas comes to town on November 3rd.

Coach MikeGundy said today he didn't know how severe the injuries of Lavine and Nethon were and he didn't expect to see them practicing during the bye week.

Gundy said it's too early to tell what the Cowboys have to do to shore up the position over the next two weeks.

Momentum should be on the Cowboys' side as they head into the open week. They've won four of their last five games to move within striking distance of bowl eligibility.

Gundy couldn't be too enthusiastic about his defense allowing 529 yards but he was pleased with the unit's ability to create turnovers.