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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy continues to praise special teams

Cowboys got a big momentum swing with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Justin Gilbert in the first half.
By Gina Mizell Published: November 11, 2012

Gundy admitted that game made him think about what could have been if the Cowboys and their high-powered offense led by stars Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon would have gotten their crack at LSU in the BCS title game a season ago.

“There's no question,” Gundy said. “I think that what you're seeing is an offense that gives themselves a chance by speed, width of the field, length of the field and execution is the best way to attack what people are calling the best defenses in the country.

“I don't think you can question it. That's just my opinion on it.”


Much was made leading up to the OSU-WVU game about the familiarity of the coaching staffs.

Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen was the OSU offensive coordinator in 2010 and installed the spread offense the Cowboys still use today. Defensive coordinator Joe DeForest was an assistant in Stillwater for 11 years. Assistants Robert Gillespie and Jake Spavital are former OSU staff members, and graduate assistant Andrew McGee played for the Cowboys.

When the game was done Saturday night, Gundy admitted “it was a hassle” trying to disguise hand signals that could clue WVU on what the Cowboys were running on offense and defense.

“You can call it like it is — they know a lot more about us than we know about them,” Gundy said. “And so we had to be as smart as possible. It's not easy to just change signals (with) the way you operate on offense, especially when you're going to operate with speed.

“It's kind of a pain in the rear. Dana and I talked about it before the game.”


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