Something Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy should have been thankful for this holiday weekend? That postgraduate transfer cornerback Tyler Patmon essentially fell into the Cowboys' lap.
Without dynamic playmaker Justin Gilbert at full strength because of a shoulder injury last week against Baylor, Patmon again became an important contributor in the secondary against the Bears' potent passing game.
Patmon recorded six tackles in his fourth consecutive start and made one of the game's biggest plays, a 78-yard scoop and score on a bad snap when the Bears were attempting a mini comeback.
“It has been really good for us and I think it has been good for him,” Gundy said. “I am happy for him. He is on a team that is bowl eligible. It was really a big deal for him when he won six games to become bowl eligible.
“It opened a lot of the eyes for the players on our team to understand we just take that for granted around here now.”
SEALES FILLS IN ON KICK RETURNS
Injuries to Gilbert and Desmond Roland (shoulder) also shook up the Cowboys' kick return game against Baylor, with redshirt freshman receiver Jhajuan Seales seeing his first real action in that role.
Seales tallied three returns for 48 yards, with a long of 23.
“He's fast and he can make somebody miss, so he works as a backup,” Gundy said. “Receivers and defensive backs are guys that are there in the return game, and he has worked with that unit for a long time.
“We had a couple of guys that really couldn't play much and backups had to play.”
GUNDY FOR SELECTION COMMITTEE? MAYBE SOMEDAY
OSU now finds itself in the middle of the national debate between all the remaining one-loss teams, which is sure to become even more paramount when college football goes to a four-team playoff next season.
Gundy was asked recently about how he feels those teams, including his, should be evaluated. He said he would look at strength of schedule and how handily those teams beat quality opponents.
With that said, would Gundy ever be interested in being on the selection committee?
“Whenever I get out of (coaching), that's something that I would enjoy doing,” Gundy said. “I have a background in college football for a long, long time. I think they need people on that committee who have a background in football and understanding the game, and at some point, that would be something I would look into.”