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Oklahoma State football: Multiple factors played into offensive struggle vs. Kansas

Coach Mike Gundy agrees with offensive coordinator Todd Monken's assessment that play calling could have been better
By Gina Mizell Published: October 14, 2012

/articleid/3719082/1/pictures/1857123">Photo - Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) rushes during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Kansas (KU) at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) rushes during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Kansas (KU) at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Smith and Roland are still listed as the Nos. 2 and 3 running backs, respectively, while Lavey is still listed as the starting middle linebacker.

Additionally, Wes Lunt or J.W. Walsh is listed as the starting quarterback for the third game in a row.

BIG 12 PARITY DOESN'T SURPRISE GUNDY

Gundy has said for weeks that he believes there is more parity in the Big 12 — and college football as a whole — than ever. So a wild Saturday in the league certainly didn't surprise him.

Oklahoma hammered Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Texas Tech shocked West Virginia in Lubbock. Iowa State pushed Kansas State to the brink. TCU, without starting quarterback Casey Pachall, blew out Baylor. And OSU, of course, struggled more with KU than most anticipated.

“The strength of this league is just going to be overwhelming,” Gundy said. “Weeks ago, I said a one-loss or a two-loss team could win this league. You could have a pretty good football team and only win seven or eight games.

“It's probably going to be (that way) from this point on in this league. It's just not going to change. You just got to hope you can get some games out of your conference scheduling that you can take a little bit of a breather on and then buckle down for conference.”

So where does that leave OSU in the crazy Big 12 race?

“I guess we're like everybody else,” Gundy said. “We've got to go play week-to-week. As I've said, it's awesome for the fans and great for TV and tough on the coaches.”


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