Gundy likes relaxed attitude
On the first day that Oklahoma State could officially look toward its showdown with Texas in Austin, coach Mike Gundy had to calm his players down before starting their Sunday team meeting because they were laughing at YouTube videos and joking around with each other.
But the coach was not mad. He was glad to see his players feeling loose heading into such a crucial game, a trait he believes will serve the Cowboys well the rest of the season.
“That's the way we want them to be,” Gundy said. “I don't want (the coaches) to call the game on either side of the ball with pressure. I don't want the players to feel the pressure of a big game, because you don't perform as well. You don't coach as well, you don't play as well.
“We ask them to prepare throughout the week, and I want them to go out and play hard on Saturday, and we'll let the chips fall where they may.”
Weeden takes pride in completion percentage record
Brandon Weeden has already racked up a number of school records in his OSU career.
But Saturday's single-game record for completion percentage (85.7 percent) set against Kansas is one he particularly takes pride in. Weeden completed 24 of his 28 passes to break Zac Robinson's record of 85.2 percent set against Baylor in 2009.
“That means you're being efficient, you're making good reads, you're making accurate throws and you're doing the right thing,” Weeden said. “Yards and touchdowns, if your completion percentage is good, usually the other stuff will take care of itself.
Sharp's tough luck
The only Cowboy that might be unhappy with OSU's potent offense so far this season is punter/kicker Quinn Sharp.
Sharp would be the nation's leading punter — if he had enough attempts to qualify.
Sharp is averaging 49.2 yards per punt, higher than national leader Cody Webster of Purdue (48.1 yards per punt). But Sharp only averages three punts per game, and 3.6 attempts are needed to qualify for the national statistics.
Of course, Sharp has had opportunities to contribute in other ways. He set a single-game school record Saturday with 10 extra points converted, breaking the record of nine set by Luke Phillips against Baylor in 2002, Cary Blanchard against Kansas in 1988 and Bruce Redden against Baylor in 2006.
Sharp also leads the Big 12 in scoring (59 points) and is tied for the conference lead in field goals (nine) and field goal percentage (90 percent)
OSU is one of 13 remaining unbeaten teams in FBS college football and still sits at No. 6 in the Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.
Does Gundy think a one- or two-loss team can make the national title game?
“I don't know,” Gundy said. “I would think it would be difficult to win (the national title) with two losses, but how the computer figures it based on what everybody else does, it's really hard to answer that question.”