Call it rust. Call it sloppiness. Call it a lack of discipline and execution. The Cowboys often didn't look ready to play.
“You get what you deserve,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “We got out-coached, we got outplayed on offense. That was bad football. That was penalties that hurt us, and obviously the turnovers.
“A lot of them things that we can control as a team. We're not going to win many games doing that.”
Lunt completed 37 of his 60 passes in his first legitimate college game, set a Big 12 freshman record with 436 yards passing and tossed four touchdowns — all to Moore. He also threw three interceptions, but one was off a drop by Josh Stewart and another came when Moore fell.
On the intercepted returned for a TD, Monken said he should not have called a third-and-long play that put Lunt in a formation with no one in the backfield to block.
“It's not his fault that the receivers out there dropping passes and we're out there getting holding penalties and late hits and all of that,” Moore said. “Wes played pretty well, I think.”
Moore had eight catches for 106 receiving yards in his first game back from a suspension following his third minor brush with the law during the offseason. Randle and Jeremy Smith combined for 200 yards rushing.
Gundy said he addressed the bevy of mistakes from his players — and coaches — following the game. Now the next step is to correct them before the Cowboys' next contest against Louisiana-Lafayette at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“You got to coach it,” Gundy said. “When we practice, we've got to talk about it. I think they'll be fine. I really do. If not, then if you have players that are guilty of really dumb penalties, we've got to take them off the field.”