The last time Oklahoma State came out of a bye week, things didn’t go so well, with the Cowboys getting upset by West Virginia in Morgantown.
Just two weeks later, OSU is coming off a bye again. But coach Mike Gundy said he did not change the Cowboys’ routine during the week off, despite the small length of time between open dates. Players practiced Tuesday and Wednesday as normal, had a light workout Thursday and then were off Friday and Saturday.
“This is unfamiliar territory for all of us,” Gundy said. “We try to get quality work in and we don’t want to overwork them. And then we want to be able to give them time away, but we don’t want to give them too much time away.
“I’m not a big fan of it, but as I’ve said several weeks before, it’s the hand we’ve been dealt.”
This actually isn’t completely unfamiliar territory for OSU, as the Cowboys had two byes in three weeks last season, before and after the Texas game in late September. And they still have another one to come this season during Thanksgiving week.
Here’s what some of the Cowboys did with their day off:
Receiver Josh Stewart: “I got to enjoy my son’s first birthday, and it was just a good-feeling weekend. We had our family all go to my girlfriend’s house (in Texas). Just the usual birthday things. We had a piñata out there. We had some games for the little kids. When my son fell asleep, we even played some games as a family.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: “Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch. I think we got six pumpkins. The boys were fired up. Wife was fired up. And then Sunday morning, we got up and painted them. That was messy. We painted the little ones. I guess my wife has a plan. We painted the little ones, and then we’ll carve the bigger ones later.”