"That's a returner's dream, to not kick it to them because they're afraid you're going to return it,'' said Stewart, who had totaled just 14 yards on three punt returns over the first two games. "That's exciting. We're excited to get some more punts now.''
Stewart credited Cowboys receivers coach Jason Ray with helping to keep his approach simple and his teammates for creating seams for him to dart through.
"[Ray] would say, 'Just get up field, make one move and go,' and I tried my best to do that,'' Stewart said. "Sometimes it got a little crowded so I had to make an extra move, just basically find the open hole, and that's what I did. All credit goes to the blockers, they did a great job of giving me the opportunity to see that hole.''
Stewart, who averaged 20.1 yards on 13 kickoff returns in 2011 as a freshman, didn't return his first punt until last year's Heart of Dallas Bowl, when he set up a touchdown with a 64-yard return in OSU's 58-14 win over Purdue.
With that experience under his belt, returning punts became one of his focus points as he trained during the offseason.
"When I have the ball in my hand, I always try to make a play and go hard,'' said Stewart, who also leads Oklahoma State this year with 12 receptions and 185 yards, along with a touchdown. "For me, punt returning, getting better at it was just catching the ball. I know once I catch the ball, I can make guys miss. So all offseason and leading up to the first game, I was just practicing my catching ability so I can run, and I've gotten better.''
With the Cowboys enjoying a bye week before visiting West Virginia on Sept. 28 to start conference play, having a regular threat on punts and kickoff returns will be a valuable asset.
"As a punt return unit, we feel we're getting good and feeling comfortable with it,'' Stewart said. "We're excited about our special teams units this year.''