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OSU notebook: Cowboys won't deflect blame onto crash

by John Helsley Published: November 19, 2011

Friday was obviously a rough day for Oklahoma State, learning early in the day that Cowgirls basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna had been lost in a plane crash.

That they didn't deny.

“For me to say it wasn't a strange day would be kind of leading everybody astray,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “It was a surreal day.”

Still, Gundy and his coaches and players refused to use the day's events as a factor in their 37-31 double-overtime loss at Iowa State.

“This team has handled a lot of different situations,” Gundy said. “We just didn't play well.”

Said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young: “We didn't lose the ball game because of that. We lose the ball game because they played better than we did and they coached better than we did.

“I mean, it's a huge tragedy, don't get me wrong. I'm not being unsympathetic for that.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken: “Had nothing to do with that. We didn't play well enough. The short week. The plane crash. Had nothing to do with that. Had nothing to do with us making poor calls, throwing interceptions, fumbling the football. Had nothing to do with that.”


Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden entered Friday night's game needing 150 yards to become the school's all-time passing leader.

He got there in the midway through the second quarter, on a 10-yard pass to Josh Cooper, then distanced himself from Zac Robinson's old mark by throwing for 476 in the game.

Weeden now has 9,244 yards in 25 games and the better part of two seasons. Robinson's total of 8,317 was accomplished in 45 games, although at one point Friday night, they had attempted the same number of passes: 999.


Weeden fired three touchdown passes against the Cyclones, giving him two or more TD tosses in 21 of his 24 career starts.

He's now thrown a touchdown pass in 24 straight games.


The Cowboys have created a defensive identity as a takeaway team, leading the nation in forced turnovers and turnover margin.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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