Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy passes Pat Jones as Cowboys' all-time wins leader
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he was “kind of embarrassed” about his historic achievement Saturday becoming Oklahoma State's winningest all-time coach with a 31-10 victory over Iowa State.
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Gundy earned his 63rd victory Saturday, passing his own coach, Pat Jones.
“I'm happy for our football team and for coach Jones,” Gundy said. “I feel like overcoming him in the win column is kind of an extension of what he started. A lot of what we do here, even though we look different, are things he instilled in me as a player. He was very gracious and didn't want me to be embarrassed — which I am, I'm kind of embarrassed about it.
“It's a group effort, but obviously it means a lot to our staff and to me to be able to do it here at the place where I played.”
Gundy is 63-32 since taking over the program in 2005. Jones was 62-60-3 from 1984-94.
While Gundy remained subdued publicly about the achievement, he celebrated in the locker room with his players.
“It was a pretty surreal moment for coach Gundy,” receiver Charlie Moore said. “Cooper (Bassett) gave him the game ball in the locker room and we had a fun little time. He did his little Gundy dance. It was well-deserved. He's a great coach.”
HORTON'S INJURY FEARED SERIOUS
Linebacker Lyndell Johnson returned from injury Saturday for the first time since the season opener, but the Cowboys receiving corps was dealt another injury blow.
Tracy Moore (ankle) and Isaiah Anderson (finger) were already out, and tight end Justin Horton suffered a lower leg injury in the third quarter.
According to the Oklahoma State radio broadcast, Horton was in tears on the sideline after suffering a potential Achilles tendon injury. Horton, a senior, had two catches for a career-high 58 yards when he exited.
Gundy said he did not know the full extent of the injury, and that an MRI would be required, but “it didn't look good to me.” OSU's Kye Staley posted a message on Twitter after the game encouraging fans to pray for Horton.
In other injury news, quarterback Wes Lunt was in pads and participated in pregame activities, but did not see the field as he continues to recover from knee and ankle injuries. And running back Jeremy Smith made a brief appearance before apparently aggravating his sprained ankle.
Smith did not play in the first half, but entered as a kick returner in the third quarter, and got one carry at running back, but limped off the field.
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