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Block that kick; win on road; doesn't matter, just win

by Berry Tramel Published: October 9, 2007
STILLWATER — Mike Gundy still plays it coy on whether Oklahoma State called for a punt block in crunch time Saturday night in Aggieland.

Doesn't want to divulge state secrets, and you can't blame him. Not for that.

But you have to blame Gundy for another big L on the State ledger. A&M beat OSU 24-23 in a game the Cowboys should have won for two indisputable reasons:

•The Pokes had a 17-0 lead.

•And A&M stinks.

Gundy gets the blame because he gets the big office. It's time for Gundy to get the Posse fired up for something other than yelling at Jenni Carlson. Time for Gundy to post a victory that signals the kind of change that Les Miles brought to town and seemingly left with him.

Another opportunity arrives Saturday on the Nebraska farmlands, where OSU won on its first very first trip, November 1960, and hasn't won since.

"Our locker room was extremely disappointed,” Gundy said. "Most I've seen since I've been here.

"We're trying to make some changes around here. We have some goals we're trying to accomplish.”

First goal: beat somebody on the road. Gundy's road record at OSU: 3-11, with two wins coming over Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic on semi-neutral fields, the other at Kansas last season.

That spiral should have reversed Saturday night in College Station but didn't, after Quinton Moore's roughing-the-punter penalty in the final two minutes squashed OSU's last hopes.

Trying to block a punt in that situation is unwise; either unwise or a total indictment of your offense.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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