Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf lost his starting job Saturday, when two lackluster possessions led to J.W. Walsh entering — and finishing — the game and putting up 135 passing yards and 125 rushing yards.
After the game, Gundy announced Walsh as the starter for the Cowboys' next game at Texas-San Antonio, yet added he hadn't yet had a chance to discuss the quarterback situation in detail with Chelf and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.
During Sunday evening's media teleconference, Gundy reiterated that he expects Chelf to remain ready to play — the Cowboys certainly know about quarterback injuries — but wouldn't divulge any details about his discussions with Chelf or how the quarterback handled the decision.
“I would never talk about anything about that,” Gundy said. “That's kind of a private matter. As I said, with Clint, he's an important part of our team. We have to make decisions, and we've made a decision that J.W. is going to be the starter.
“We certainly want Clint to be with us and to continue to work and improve, and if he's in the game, we would expect him to play well like he did last year.”
JUSTIN GILBERT HOPING FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT TWO PICKS
Justin Gilbert snagged his first interception since the Fiesta Bowl two seasons ago Saturday, picking off Mississippi State's Tyler Russell in the first quarter.
He nearly had another later in the game — and likely a chance to take it to the house. But the ball bounced off his hands.
“It hit my fingertips,” Gilbert said. “Once I tried to bring it in, I just lost control of it. I caught it and then dropped it. I'm not gonna deny that. I just knew I had it. No one was in front of me and I doubt anybody would have caught me from behind.”
Safety Shamiel Gary also got his paws on a ball that could have been intercepted near the goal line in the first quarter.
Those could be viewed as two missed opportunities for a takeaway, but Gilbert mostly looks at it as proof of the tighter coverage the Cowboy defensive backs will play this season.
“That is a good example of how we're running to the ball and how our coverage is being played right now,” he said.
COWBOY ASSISTANTS RELY ON RADIO FEED FOR BLOCKED FIELD GOAL
After the OSU offense quickly got into field-goal range in the waning seconds of the first half, Yurcich and others who coach from the press box bolted for the elevator to meet the team in the locker room.
While heading down, Ben Grogan's 49-yard attempt was blocked and scooped up by Taveze Calhoun. Those coaches had to listen to the play unfold on the radio.
“We were hearing, ‘He's to the 30, to the 20…'” Yurcich said. “And we're like, ‘Oh, man.' That was tough.”
Brandon Garrett and Davidell Collins eventually tackled Calhoun at the OSU 10-yard line. And for those who were on the field and saw the play, it was an emotional roller coaster.
“There was a huge momentum swing (for Mississippi State),” Gundy said, “and then it was a downer for them because they got stopped. It put us in a good mood going into halftime.”