Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Cowboys are in crosshairs

OSU coach says Cowboys won't be able to sneak up on teams anymore.
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: August 28, 2012

Times have changed in Stillwater, mostly for the better.

Still, OSU's recent run of sustained success does bring a focus beyond a national spotlight and widespread recognition.

It brings a target.

“As recently as a couple of years ago, we were able to sneak up on some teams,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “But as of last year, and I'm sure this upcoming season, those days are history.

“For the first time in football here at Oklahoma State University, we've established a little bit of tradition where people know who we are.”

Gundy said he and his staff have talked to the team about anticipating and handling the best every opponent has to offer.

“They have to accept that responsibility,” Gundy said. “The coaches have to accept it. And the players have to understand they need to put in the time and effort.”


Freshman Wes Lunt is sure to carry some anxiety into his transition from high school to college quarterback.

There is, however, reason for comfort.

Over the past five seasons, the Cowboys offensive line has carried out a protection plan that ranks among the best in the country.

Allowing a total of 61 sacks since the beginning of the 2007 season, OSU ranks No. 3 nationally in fewest sacks allowed spanning that five-year stretch. Notable, for sure, considering the Cowboys' pass-happy ways.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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