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OSU football: Cowboys' team chemistry was a late bloomer

OSU coach Mike Gundy says the team has grown more in that area over the last six weeks than any team he's ever coached.
Oklahoman Published: November 11, 2013

“You never really know when it's gonna click,” Moore said. “Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes it can take a long time.

“It's just making it happen, and it has now, so we're just gonna build on that and soak it in and continue to support each other and get closer and keep chasing this goal that we all have.”

What sparked the Cowboys' push to come together? That disappointing day in Morgantown is the easy answer, as Lavey said that's when the Cowboys “realized that we weren't invincible.”

Developing chemistry may have led to better play over the past five games. But better play also led to better chemistry.

“The biggest contributor there is winning,” Gundy admitted. “… As we've improved on offense and started to play with the defense (in) games and work together as a unit, the team's kind of grown together.”

That will all be tested during OSU's stretch run, starting with Saturday's visit to Austin for a top-25 showdown against a Longhorn squad undefeated in conference play.

But Gundy is pleased with his team's growth. And he's enjoying the process.

“This has been a fun group to coach,” Gundy said. “It's hard to take the place (of a team) when you've got a bunch of NFL players out there and you just kind of show up and make sure everybody's happy get them to play hard.

“But these guys have learned to play together and support each other, and they're playing unselfish.”