Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he was ready to move on Monday.

The boss of the Cowboys has been a topic of conversation, even nationally, after he used his post-game press conference to spend more than three minutes blasting a column critical of quarterback Bobby Reid published in The Oklahoman on Saturday.

Lost in the discussion of that rant was what his team had done on the field earlier — edge Texas Tech, 49-45, in a see-saw battle.

Gundy made no comment about the game on Saturday, but he had plenty to say Monday.

“It was a good win for us and it’s good to get back on track,” Gundy said. “I was proud of our team. Obviously we had a good day on offense. Defensively, we have got a lot of work. I did say that I was proud of our defense for the stand at the end of the game.”

The Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1) amassed 718 yards in the game, the most ever allowed by OSU.

But as defensive end Nathan Peterson noted, the Cowboys allowed only 10 points in the second half.

“I think it is (a confidence boost),” Peterson said. “I think our goal from here would be to start sooner. Obviously it took us too long to start playing good defense and that’s something we need to focus on is being self-starters, starting from the first quarter and playing good defense throughout the game.”

The Cowboys (2-2, 1-0) won the game with an offensive outburst of 610 total yards, tying for their seventh-most ever. They also had three individuals top 100 yards rushing in a game for the first time, as running back Dantrell Savage (130), quarterback Zac Robinson (116) and running back Kendall Hunter (113) all passed that mark.

“I’ve been encouraged by our running backs,” Gundy said. “It’s nice to have Dantrell Savage back. It was a nice mix up for Kendall Hunter. Obviously, Zac Robinson played pretty well and ran the ball effectively. We were able to move the ball and score some points.”

The Cowboy offense amassed 23 points and 432 yards during a loss at Troy on Sept. 14.

During that game, David Washington, a three-year starter at center, suffered a broken leg and was lost for the season.

OSU had its offensive outburst Saturday with some changes on the line, where Andrew Lewis replaced Washington, starting right guard David Koenig slid over to Lewis’ normal left guard spot and Steve Denning started at right guard.

“(The line) played great,” said Robinson, who made his second start and completed 16-of-32 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and an interception without being sacked. “(Offensive line) coach (Joe) Wickline does such a great job of rotating those guys in. When the opportunity comes for another guy, they are used to getting reps in practice. It just comes with getting actual game reps. Lewis played great. Steve Denning filled in and honestly we didn’t miss a beat.”

Added Gundy, “Lewis moved in and did a nice job with the snaps and handling the offense and making the calls and everything that the centers do for pretty much everybody in the country. Steve Denning did a nice job. He finished out at 85 percent and anything over 75 percent is pretty good for an offensive lineman. They were effective. They run-blocked well and they put us in position for our running backs to make plays.”

Gundy hopes to see those same backs make plays this Saturday when Football Championship Subdivision foe Sam Houston State (2-1) comes to town for a 6:05 p.m. kickoff.

SHS, led by former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar, is coming off a 41-38 loss to FCS No. 14 North Dakota State.



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Only two players — Peterson and Robinson — came to Monday’s luncheon.

Both were asked about Gundy’s post-game comments.

“I support Coach Gundy 100 percent and I agree with what he was making a point of,” Peterson said. “Bobby first of all is not only my teammate, he’s my friend. I know him as a person so it’s easy for me to not pay attention to any of that and he’s not going to let this get him down.”

Added Robinson, “All I know is that we have a coach that supports us in everything we do and is going to try to stick up for us. That’s really how I feel. He is going to do anything for his players.”

For his part, Gundy said his biggest regret was that he didn’t write out his statement, which would have led to better English and some things he forgot to say.

He was given the opportunity to state which parts of the column — which he called three-fourths of inaccurate — were not correct. He declined to answer because, “I don’t have to.” He later said, “I’d rather just let it go.”

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