Oklahoma State players and coaches assured that several of the Cowboys’ mistakes in a shocking loss to West Virginia were correctable.
Cleaning up the penalties clearly was. The Cowboys had 10 for 96 yards against the Mountaineers, yet just one for seven yards against the Wildcats. K-State, meanwhile, hurt itself with 12 penalties for 92 yards in the loss.
Coach Mike Gundy said penalties were an emphasis leading up to Saturday, adding that he referred to last season’s game against K-State. In that contest, the Wildcats had just two penalties for 13 yards, while OSU was flagged five times for 44 yards.
“The talk was we were very penalized and (turned the ball over) and they were more sound as a football team,” Gundy said. “And this year, they had five turnovers and had a bunch of penalties and we (one turnover and one penalty).”
The Cowboys made a huge jump overall in the penalty categories this week, going from tied for 79th in the nation to tied for 60th in penalties per game (5.80) and from tied for 108th to 79th in penalty yards (55.40 per game).