Oklahoma State football: Multiple factors played into offensive struggle vs. Kansas

Coach Mike Gundy agrees with offensive coordinator Todd Monken's assessment that play calling could have been better
by Gina Mizell Published: October 14, 2012

After viewing the game film of Oklahoma State's 20-14 victory over Kansas, coach Mike Gundy saw several factors that contributed to the Cowboys' uneven performance on offense.

A redshirt freshman quarterback playing on the road for the first time. Injuries to key skill players. Rainy and wet conditions. KU playing more physical in the trenches.

But Gundy also agreed with offensive coordinator Todd Monken's assessment following the game that play calling could have been better.

“Our plan was fine,” Gundy said. “We didn't have any rhythm, which didn't really allow us to really call the plays we wanted to. And then you look back and wish you would have, and sometimes that happens.”

OSU's 20 points against the Jayhawks broke a streak of 22 consecutive games of at least 30 points scored. The Cowboys still lead the nation in total offense (601.40 yards per game), but dropped from first to third in scoring offense (48.60 points per game).

GUNDY SAYS NO RECENT INJURIES ARE SEASON-ENDING

OSU has sustained a barrage of injuries in recent weeks, including to key players like wide receivers Tracy Moore (ankle) and Isaiah Anderson (finger), running back Jeremy Smith (ankle) and linebacker Caleb Lavey (leg). Others who did not play Saturday, presumably because of injury, include receiver John Goodlett, running back Desmond Roland, punt returner David Glidden and safety Lavocheya Cooper.

Gundy said that none of those injuries are believed to be season-ending, however.

“No, not at this point,” Gundy said.

They have shaken up the most recent depth chart, however.

Moore or Austin Hays is listed as a starting wide receiver. Nick Rockwell or Torrance Carr is listed as a backup inside receiver, replacing Goodlett and Glidden. Charlie Moore is listed as the No. 1 punt returner, replacing Glidden, with freshman Caleb Muncrief as the backup. Zack Craig has moved from backup free safety to backup strong safety, replacing Cooper, and Larry Stephens has moved up from third-team free safety to second team.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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