By late third quarter, OSU starters cheered on reserves. The gameplan had been tossed to the wind. Gundy chatted with ESPN sideline reporter Shelly Smith. No Cowboy was spotted eating a hot dog, but after the way the Tech crowd cleared Jones Stadium by mid-second quarter, it would have been no surprise to see customer-craving concessionaires trolling the OSU bench.
“It's never been like this, to be that far ahead that early,” Gundy said. “At a certain point, you start doing the math.”
It's never been like this, period, for the Cowboys: 10-0, national-championship hopes, and sprinting, not gasping, toward the finish line.
“It's like raising a child,” Gundy said. “Hold your breath, hope they do the right thing. Make the right decision. These guys have done that.
“We have a good team. No doubt about that. They're very mature mentally. They continue to practice well.”
Gundy is wrong. He doesn't have a good team. He has a great team. Great teams do what the Cowboys did. Smash all hope from a teetering opponent early.
That's what Brandon Weeden and Co. did offensively, scoring on six of seven first-half drives. That's what OSU's maligned defense did, pitching a first-half shutout (and the only Tech score came via a defensive touchdown).
“A blast,” State defensive tackle Cooper Bassett called it. “Really takes the stress out of it. Games like today, you can really keep gray hairs out of your head.”
Games like this do more than act like Grecian Formula. They put smiles on faces and head coaches off duty and the nation on alert that there is no limit for these something-special Cowboys.
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