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OSU football notebook: Cowboys coach Mike Gundy says that'll be enough excitement

by John Helsley Published: November 6, 2011

Leading off his postgame meeting with the media, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy essentially said enough's enough.

“Obviously, enough excitement for one night,” he said, not even referring to the earthquake felt in Stillwater.

Likewise for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who has been involved in several wild affairs this season.

“We've played a lot of crazy games this year and this certainly fits the bill,” Snyder said, “it may top it.”


The Cowboys held out two key offensive players: inside receiver Josh Cooper and backup running back Jeremy Smith.

Cooper (hamstring) and Smith (hand) were both in uniform and went through some pregame activities.

Gundy said Cooper wasn't ready to return, but Smith was available, if needed.

Both should return Saturday at Texas Tech.


Kansas State was the biggest surprise of the Big 12 through the first half of the season, sprinting out to an 8-0 start and into the top 10 of the BCS standings.

Then the Wildcats were throttled at home by No. 6 Oklahoma, 58-17.

But K-State wide receiver and Tulsa Washington product Tyler Lockett said Saturday's performance against OSU proved that the Wildcats can still be a contender in the conference.

“We showed the nation that you can't just look down on us,” Lockett said. “This game showed that you can't look ahead when you play us. I think we'll be OK. I think it was another learning experience. New stuff happened, and we just have to get it right in practice again.”


Cowboys big-money booster and alum Boone Pickens chatted with the media during halftime of OSU's game.

Well before the Cowboys improved to 9-0, he assured that all his money poured into the school and the program was money well spent.

“I got my money's worth before this year,” Pickens said. “I'm very satisfied with my investment and what's happened at Oklahoma State. There's so many other things here than a football game. I think the school is a different school than when I got out in 51. And all that's good. We had the biggest freshman class we've ever had. That's a big deal for all of us, for Oklahoma State.

“You can see it here in the stadium. The attitude's different. You can see we're competitive now, which is what I said when I gave the $165 million. I said, ‘I want us to be competitive. I'm tired of leaving the stadium looking down at my shoes.'

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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