For Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, his first impression of Bedlam left a mark.
Spencer was in his first year with the Cowboys in 2008, a year that featured an entertaining edition of Bedlam, yet also a year that saw the Sooners win 61-41 in Stillwater.
“They just had an unbelievable offense,” said Spencer, now in his first season as coordinator. “A lot of guys are in the NFL right now off that team.”
Spencer said one thing remains constant with the Sooners: elite players.
“Talent wise, they bring in the best talent, year in and year out, that we face,” Spencer said. “You're out there watching them warm up and they've got players — great, tremendous players. That's a compliment to them about how they've recruited.
“So I've got a lot of respect for the talent they bring in down there. As a whole, you've got your hands full every year. That's not going to change, and it's not going to change this year.”
GUNDY LEARNS FROM IRON BOWL ENDING
With the bye week over Thanksgiving, OSU coach Mike Gundy said he watched more football Saturday than he has in years.
He admits it was entertaining. And a bit of a learning experience.
Gundy caught the epic end of the Iron Bowl, which Auburn won on a 109-yard return for a touchdown off a missed field goal as time expired.
“It's a discussion we had (with the coaching staff),” Gundy said, “because we all learn from what we think are mistakes. I'm not saying that Coach (Nick) Saban made a mistake. I'm just saying you watch things and you learn ...
“My first concern was they may block this thing and pick it up and run it in. And I knew they would try to return it, but you just don't think of them returning it 100-something yards.”
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