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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, Published: January 4, 2012

Gundy said Tuesday that Chelf started because he practiced better than Moore during the week of the game. And when Chelf kept producing, the coaches kept him on the field.

“We've always tried to uphold that practices mean a lot to us as a coaching staff,” Gundy said. “If guys are out there and they're working hard and doing things right, then they're going to get a chance to play.

“(Chelf) had competed well and performed better (than Moore) in practice, and so then he gets the start in the game. And when he's playing well and making catches, then he deserves to stay in there.”

Chelf, a former walk-on, finished the game with five catches for 97 yards. He nearly scored the game's winning touchdown in overtime on a 25-yard catch from Brandon Weeden but was tackled at the half-yard line.


Cornerback Devin Hedgepeth (Achilles tendon) and offensive lineman Jonathan Rush (knee) were the main injury casualties for the Cowboys this season, as they were both lost for the season in OSU's victory at Texas A&M in September.

But Gundy expects both of those players, and all the Cowboys, to be ready to go by spring practice.

“Everybody should be up and running for spring football,” he said.

Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam was also lost for the season when he broke his foot against Missouri in October, but he was a senior this season.

Rush was granted a sixth year of eligibility, while Hedgepeth will be a junior in 2012.


Gundy's phone has been quiet for the last couple weeks while the Cowboys were making their final preparations for the Fiesta Bowl, but he anticipates the calls will start again soon.

Calls from other schools asking Gundy for permission to talk to his assistant coaches.

Gundy said before the Fiesta Bowl that seven of his nine assistants had interviewed for positions at other schools. The staff remains intact right now, but Gundy expects interest from others to resurface now that the Cowboys have played their final game.

“We go through that first stage, and then the next wave will start this week,” Gundy said. “I haven't had any phone calls or any messages (as of Tuesday afternoon), but that can start at any time this week.”