NORMAN — Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy saw DeMarco Murray slip past the tackle of Texas' Rashard Bobino on Saturday afternoon. He saw Murray hurdle teammate Joe Jon Finley. He saw Murray blaze past Longhorn Marcus Griffin to finish his electrifying 65-yard touchdown run.
But that's not all he saw.
"The ball was kind of loose when he did it,” Gundy said. "There's always a lot of things to coach on, even when you make great plays.”
Gundy congratulated his freshman tailback for his performance, but he wasn't going to miss an opportunity to coach. And it appears the message stuck.
"I've seen a lot of times I had been carrying the ball (loosely),” Murray said. "I had actually been doing a pretty good job up until that game, trying to keep it high and tight. I don't know what happened in that game. Maybe I got a little too hyped, a little too ahead of myself.”
With 128 yards Saturday, Murray passed Allen Patrick as the team's top rusher with 444 yards. Murray already led the team in scoring, now with 10 touchdowns.
Gundy stood firm when asked Monday if Murray's Cotton Bowl performance has him rethinking his running back rotation, answering with a simple "no.”
Patrick has no lingering effects from the cramping problems that kept him out of the second half of Saturday's game.