A scheduling quirk, largely because of conference realignment, has given OSU two byes in three weeks before finishing the season with eight straight weeks with a game.
But even though the Cowboys just had an open date to rest bodies, Gundy said the team will stick with the same plan. Players will be off Monday, practice Tuesday through Thursday, then have the weekend off before returning for their normal Sunday evening workout.
“You try to get too much done, and you take their legs away from them,” Gundy said, “and you limit your ability a month from now, in our opinion. We can't try to do too much, and we've got to get quality work done.
“We've kind of figured out a formula that we like, and that's what we'll stay with for the remainder of the season.”
GUNDY TIPS HAT TO CROWD
Saturday night's crowd of 56,709 was the seventh-largest in the history of Boone Pickens Stadium, and Gundy said the game atmosphere might have been “the best it's ever been.”
“They're learning when to get loud and really doing a nice job,” Gundy said. “And then I was proud of them — when the game was over and our players were leaving the field, they stood up and gave them a standing ovation. I think that's really important.
“I think that shows a lot about Oklahoma State and the people. They obviously felt the same way I did, that the guys played hard and never gave in, and just came up a little short.”