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OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK — Lapses in early-season games have Cowboys players and coaches wondering what might happen if they put it all together at once.
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL, STAFF WRITERS Modified: September 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm •  Published: September 27, 2011

The adjustments were somewhat simple.

“It was our run fits,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young. “We were getting blocked out of our gaps. And you've got to give (A&M) credit, they were doing it.

“But our kids, we were pretty much in the right gaps in the second half. And they did a good job getting off blocks.”


The Cowboys aren't congratulating themselves on their 4-0 start during this off week in the schedule.

They're back at work, looking to fix and fine tune. And the list demanding attention, according to Gundy, is lengthy.

“Just basic fundamentals and gap defense and being in the right spot and timing on routes and ball handling and twists and just different things,” Gundy said. “The basic fundamentals we need to get better at.

“And we'll work on Kansas — we'll probably start on them Wednesday. But we've got a lot of things we need to get better at, and this week's a good opportunity and gives us an opportunity to get a little head start on Kansas.”


The Cowboys had some special visitors Tuesday as about 40 soldiers from the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the U.S. Army were on hand to watch practice.

The soliders, who are based at Fort Sill, also toured the athletic facilities and ate dinner with the team.

“They were able to talk to the team about their accountability to each other and their training,” Gundy said. “If they have a missed assignment, it’s a bad thing, compared to what we have. And (we wanted to) just thank them for their service. We don’t do enough for them.”