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Oklahoma State football: Close games the new normal for these Cowboys

by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: October 5, 2013

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“I think we're getting better,” Gundy said of the offense, “but you know, the comparison ... to the offense that's been around here six or seven years is at some point a little unfair.

“I mean, it's not like you can continue to do it forever.”

Why not?

That's what's happened before. Personnel changed. Coaches changed. And still, the Cowboys clicked right along.

That's what Cowboy fans figured would happen this season, but it just hasn't been that way.

And there's little reason to believe the Cowboys are going to find a magic fix.

Oh, they will continue to improve because that's what good teams do, and regardless of what's happened these past couple weeks, this is still a good team. But it looks more and more like inconsistent is what this offense is going to be because that's what Walsh is going to be when it comes to throwing the ball.

That means the defense is going to have to win some games for the Cowboys.

Good news for OSU: this defense is capable of doing that.

“And we want that,” Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis said. “It's never been like that before.”

Lewis made big play after big play Saturday. A fumble forced. A fumble recovered. A pass intercepted. A late tackle that kept the clock running on K-State.

But he wasn't alone. Caleb Lavey made seven tackles. Tyler Johnson sacked the quarterback twice. Daytawion Lowe intercepted a pass.

This is a defense that has playmakers, a defense that can smooth over bumps in the road.

Now, a team that relies on defense isn't going to win many games by blowout. But hey, aren't close wins better than losses, Cowboy fans?

“I love close games,” Walsh said. “You win by 35 points, it's fun, but you give the fans, what? A half of football? You win like this, you give ‘em 60 minutes and a win at that.”

Gundy said, “For the most part in this league, you're going to see a lot of games like today. It should be an exciting run from here on out.”

You say exciting, Coach.

Cowboy fans would call it something else. Excruciating seems about right.

But everyone probably better just get used to it.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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