Before Holgorsen's arrival to accommodate Weeden's skills, OSU leaned more toward a dual-threat take on the spread, having turned the corner as a program behind Zac Robinson at QB.
But Weeden's gifts — and the physical toll regularly absorbed by Robinson — led Gundy in a different direction. And there's no sign of turning back, now that Cowboys fans are over their original trepidations.
“People were scared to death we weren't going to run the ball,” Gundy said. “But I'd done my research and knew (Holgorsen) ran the ball.
“And he brought a little bit of attitude into our program.”
The attitude remains, thanks in part to Gundy's follow-up hiring of Todd Monken to replace Holgorsen.
Monken swings some swagger, too, while embracing the spread and adding some nuances of his own.
“We learned that system,” Gundy said. “We know it. We have it. And we understand it.”
No turning back.