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OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy calls Fiesta Bowl 'unusual game'

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL — Coach Mike Gundy said the game was unusual because the Cowboys were ‘flat' on offense and then scored quickly.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: January 4, 2012

After a wild night at University of Phoenix Stadium, OSU football coach Mike Gundy watched portions the Cowboys' 41-38 Fiesta Bowl victory on the flight back to Stillwater on Tuesday afternoon.

The word he used to describe the overtime thriller? Unusual.

“It was an unusual game in the fact we could be so flat on offense and then score so quick,” Gundy said. “But I guess the way we're set up, we're kind of built for that.

“The advantage of our offense is you're never out of any game at any time because you have the ability to score so fast.”

Against Stanford, the Cowboys ran just 57 plays — the fewest since OSU ran 52 against Oklahoma in 2009 — did not score a touchdown in the first and fourth quarters and were dominated by more than 23 minutes in time of possession.

But when Quinn Sharp's 22-yard field goal in overtime sailed through the uprights, it gave OSU its first lead and the victory.

QB COMMIT LUNT: MONKEN IS STAYING

One person particularly interested in the pursuit of OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken by other schools was Cowboy quarterback commit Wes Lunt, who was heavily recruited by Monken.

And as far as Lunt knows, Monken will be back in Stillwater next season.

“He's staying, as of right now,” Lunt said following the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix on Tuesday night. “It will be good for him to get his hands on me and work me out a little bit.”

Monken turned down the head-coaching job at Tulane twice and interviewed for the same position at Southern Mississippi. He declined an interview for the head job at Memphis.

Lunt said Monken did a good job of keeping him informed while Monken was exploring options at other schools.

“Coach Monk was very up-front about it,” Lunt said. “He was like, ‘I've been offered jobs. I'm not taking it unless the right one comes.' I really appreciated that.

“That was just kind of how it went. It was crazy, though, because your OC that was there for one year could possibly be leaving.”

TRACY MOORE SITS, COLTON CHELF PLAYS BECAUSE OF PRACTICE HABITS

Tracy Moore, the Cowboys' third-leading receiver coming into the Fiesta Bowl, played only on special teams Monday night, while Colton Chelf got the start and had a career game.

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