Sunday Rewind: Gundy Pleased With Effort
This story originally published on GoPokes.com


Posted Nov 11, 2012


"I thought our guys played with a lot of energy and excitement, and really enjoyed playing in the game," said head coach Mike Gundy in his first response on his Sunday evening teleconference with beat writers and media. "I thought our starting field position versus theirs, and then, of course, that big return (96 yards by Justin Gilbert for a touchdown) was the big difference in the game."

It was a pleasant teleconference and one that had no surprises and no controversy.

Gundy liked what he saw out of his third starting quarterback of the season in Clint Chelf. He said even more to go with his statement on Saturday that he wished they had taken the training wheels off on the offense for Chelf earlier Saturday in the 55-34 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers.

"We have been fortunate that all three of our guys have had a good demeanor," said Gundy, who did not reveal or elaborate on to who will quarterback the Cowboys against Texas Tech next Saturday.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said the staff would make the decision based on who gives them the best chance to win. "Chelf distributed the ball well and the week was really different because he knew he would be the starter throughout, and he really handled it well," said Monken.

Gundy also said that the play of receivers Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore, and the fact that Austin Hays is getting better has helped while using three different quarterbacks to get Big 12 wins. He added that the offensive line has played well, and said that Kye Staley has done what they ask him to do and the running backs overall have played well.

As for the defense, the Cowboys allowed 479 yards and really 27 points (after subtracting the touchdown after the Chelf interception that was returned to the 1-yard line). The defense also had a goal-line stand that was a huge momentum builder and held the Mountaineers to 6-of-20 on third downs.

There were times that Geno Smith, who was sacked three times, had time but could not find an open receiver.

"Our defensive coaches had a nice plan and there were times that we rushed five and put pressure on their quarterback, and then times that we rushed three and dropped eight back in coverage. They would have four guys out and we would have eight covering and we made it work," Gundy explained. "I definitely think you have to mix it up and do a little of all of it."

When asked about needing to do some mental work on his team after the 66-6 win in Lubbock against Texas Tech last year, Gundy said the video would take care of that. I'm pretty sure he wasn't referring to the video of Red Raiders head coach Tommy Turberville smacking the headsets off one of his graduate assistants. That GA actually the brother of OSU offensive GA Bryson Oliver.

Gundy said the video he was talking about was of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and how much they've improved on offense and defense. They are averaging converting 60 percent of all third downs. The defense is giving up 325 yards a game and just 4.9 yards a play.

Gundy finished by saying the Texas A&M win over Alabama helps the reputation of spread offenses. "What you were seeing was an offense that gives itself a chances with speed, width of the field, length of the field, and execution beating the best defense in the country," he said.


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