Mike Gundy still remembers the feeling walking off the field at Jack Trice Stadium last November in Ames,Iowa, his Cowboys’ unbeaten season over. Iowa State had just beaten OSU 37-31 in double overtime.
That’s the day everyone learned of the plane crash that killed women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. But apart from the tragedy of the day, Gundy had a couple of thoughts, as he first dodged the thousands of fans who flooded the field, then pondered the defeat in the locker room.
“I did think, we’ve come a long way at Oklahoma State when people rush the field after beating us,” Gundy said. “I remember when they just went out to their tailgate, finish their drink.”
But Gundy also thought that if someone had to take out the Cowboys, the Cyclones and coach Paul Rhoads were about the most appetizing.
“I like Paul and I think he does a really nice job,” Gundy said. “Certainly would rather have won that game, but I don’t mind seeing people who work hard and not having things given to ‘em have success.”
That describes Rhoads and his program. Hard work. Nothing given. And the Cyclones are having some success.