One of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's most quotable lines following Saturday's close win against Kansas State was in response to the question of why the offense has struggled so much the past two weeks.
“I don't have a clue,” Gundy said. “I wish I could give you a good answer so it would sound good on the news tonight.”
After watching film Sunday, did he have more of a clue? And how does the coaching staff plan to make corrections and adjustments during the bye week?
“I'm not sure I'm real comfortable in continuing to answer those same questions all the time,” Gundy said. “We have guys that are working to get better.
“Can we average 500 yards on offense and 45 points a game every year for the rest of my coaching career here? I don't know. I think it would be considerably difficult. But either way, I really don't know how to answer that question anymore.”
Gundy brought up the importance of having a star quarterback, alluding to the fact that the Cowboys don't have Brandon Weeden slinging the football anymore. Then he used K-State and West Virginia as examples of offenses that have regressed in their first season without Collin Klein and Geno Smith, respectively.
But what about last season, when OSU didn't have Weeden (or Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon), but started three inexperienced quarterbacks because of multiple injuries to the position and still hummed along as one of the nation's most potent offenses?
“We had different players, too,” Gundy said. “I just don't know ... To be honest with you. I'll keep answering it. It's kind of getting old.
“At some point I just have to say that we may not be at the same talent level that we were over the last number of years here and we've got the same plays, same scheme, everything.”
SHAUN LEWIS READY FOR MORE
Following a dynamite performance that included eight tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception, Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis got a big hug from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.
“He just melted in my arms,” Spencer said.
Lewis was elated, yet exhausted, after a game where the Cowboys forced five turnovers to lift an offense that continues to sputter.
“It was like, ‘We did it, Coach,'” Spencer said of Lewis' emotions. “And I said ‘Shaun, we're gonna have to do that a lot more this year.' And he says, ‘That's OK. I'm ready. I'll do it.'”