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Is there ever a good time to face Texas?

by John Helsley Published: October 26, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon
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Before working on my insider yesterday, I asked Cowboys coach Mike Gundy if it was fair to say this is a good time to face Texas with the Pokes playing as well as they have been.

“I don’t know that there’s ever a good time to play a team as talented as they are,” he said. “We feel good about our players and we are comfortable about their cohesiveness.”

One of the most consistent statements from the OSU program is how much chemistry they have. Everyone you ask seems to talk about the Cowboys senior leadership especially when you look at the obstacles OSU has overcome to be 6-1 entering Saturday’s battle with Texas.

“We have a lot more leadership on this team than we had in the previous years,” senior running back Keith Toston said. “This year, the seniors are talking a lot more and leading by example on the field, so that’s a big deal.”

Don’t underrate the job Gundy has done this season, he was named as a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year trophy on Monday, and for good reason.

When asked how the Cowboys have overcome so much adversity this season, offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said: “That’s a big sign of the leadership from Coach Gundy. (The mindset is…) Don’t flinch. How you react as a staff has a big (effect) on how they react.”

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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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