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Gundy's play-calling is a smashing success for Pokes

by Berry Tramel Published: January 1, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. — No Mad Hatter? Didn't matter.

Larry Fedora was in the building Monday night in the Insight Bowl, even wore an orange shirt and sat in the Oklahoma State coaching booth as a consultant and posed with the Cowboys for the victorious team photo.

But with Fedora now on the Southern Mississippi payroll, Mike Gundy called his own plays. To smashing results.

Gundy's offense in the desert air looked very much like Fedora's offense on the Oklahoma plains.

Lots of yards. Lots of points.

OSU routed overmatched Indiana 49-33 at Sun Devil Stadium. With quarterback Zac Robinson playing near flawless, the Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first five possessions.

They led 35-10 at halftime, and the only way the Cowboys were going to be in trouble is if the Hoosiers returned from their locker room with longhorns on their helmets.

"It was a lot of fun being involved with the offense the last three weeks,” said Gundy, who might just serve as his own play-caller next season, and nothing happened in the Insight Bowl to discourage that thinking.

Of course, it's hard to judge a play-caller when everything works. This was a triumph of game planning. Game planning and superior skill.

"You have to give credit to the players,” Gundy said.

"This is a simple game that sometimes, us as coaches can make very complicated. We have good skill players and linemen that are smart.”

That skill starts with Robinson. Folks, this guy is getting really good really fast. He capped his sophomore season by completing 24 of 34 passes for 302 yards and rushing for 70 yards on 15 carries, mostly options. That's a big-time game.

"He's a heck of a football player with a bright future ahead of him,” Fedora said.

With a quarterback like this, all kinds of coaches would want to call plays.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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