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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mike Gundy: Win ‘painful to watch’

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Oklahoma State’s football team has put up some astronomical numbers on offense the past couple of seasons.

Partly because of that, coach Mike Gundy had a hard time accepting the fact his Cowboys gained just 371 yards in a 20-14 victory over Kansas on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

“It was a serious struggle and painful for me to watch,” Gundy said after the Jayhawks suffocated the country’s total-offense leaders, who entered averaging 659 yards a game. “We’ve been fortunate over a number of years ... we just kind of roll out there on offense.

“It’s frustrating to me because that’s my background,” added the former OSU quarterback, who on Saturday tied Pat Jones for most wins as a Cowboy head coach (62 in eight seasons).

“Up front, in my opinion, they did not whip us but they won the battle,” Gundy added. “When you have a downpour (first half), you will struggle throwing the ball downfield. That wasn’t a factor at all the second half.”

Quarterback J.W. Walsh completed 18 of 29 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

“They knew the weather conditions. They were loading the box and played the run because they knew it would be tough to throw at first,” Walsh said. “It was tough in the rain to get the passing game going. That’s no excuse for me. Once we got out of the delay (heavy rain and lightning caused stoppage the first half) and the rain stopped, we tried to open the pass game more, and thankfully we got the win.”

OSU running back Joseph Randle, the brother of former KU back John Randle, first said, “no comment,” when asked if he thought KU was focused on stopping the run.

“You get what they give you,” Randle said. “With the conditions, you’ve got to nickel-and-dime it sometimes. The big run isn’t there so you’ve got to take the hard-earned yards. I’ve been playing football a long time,” the junior out of Wichita Southeast added. “Some games are like that; some games the run is there. It’s a rainy-type day; that’s the type of game it was.”

KU, which trailed 20-0, made a game of it in the fourth quarter behind backup quarterback Michael Cummings.

“They did a nice job. They didn’t quit,” said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young, a former KU assistant. “They fought. I’m sure their coaches are proud of them.”

KU had a chance at one final possession in the closing minute, but that was erased when the Jayhawks roughed OSU’s punter on a fourth-and-eight attempt from the OSU 43. The Cowboys simply ran out the clock.

“I can’t deny when that (penalty) happened I wasn’t glad we didn’t have to go back out there and stop their offense,” Gundy said. “In this game, momentum is a big factor, especially when you are on the road. It’s good to get out of here with a win.”

Comments

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

I'll be glad when we have to painfully watch some wins.

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PSM 1 year, 6 months ago

"The big run isn’t there so you’ve got to take the hard-earned yards." Hmm... the big run was there for Sims...

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RogersState80 1 year, 6 months ago

IF MIKE GUNDY THINKS THIS WIN WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH HE SHOULD TRY WATCHING CHARLIE "THE DOUGHNUT" WEIS TRY TO COACH. THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN FIRING MARK MANGINO AND REPLACING HIM WITH TURNER GILL AND "THE DOUGHNUT". TODAY'S GAMEBALL GOES TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED A PART IN FIRING MARK MANGINO. WHAT A BRILLIANT MOVE THAT WAS. TODAY OUR FANS THINK THAT BY LOSING ALL THESE GAMES IT MEANS OUR PROGRAM IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE FANS PLEASE DO US ALL A FAVOR AND CHECK YOURSELF INTO A MENTAL HOSPITAL. WAKE UP!!!! ITS IN SHAMBLES AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE UNTIL WE GET A DECENT COACH. YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK.

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