Giundy: Baylor Deserves OSU's Respect

Mike Gundy seemed to be in Sunday's usual good mood that he talked about that follows a Saturday win by the Cowboys. Oklahoma State now uses Sunday as a workout day, giving players Mondays off. Gundy described at his news conference last Monday how following a win everybody is in a good mood for the work day, meetings, and practice on Sunday. After a loss it was decidedly different.

Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State 24-14 on Saturday, a solid road win and impressive when you think that wide receivers Justin Blackmon, Hubert Anyiam (ankle) and for the most part Tracy Moore (played special teams only) were missing.

Gundy gave his usual rundown after watching the video.

"We thought the defense played very well, forcing turnovers, played well on the ball, made tackles, and played physical," Gundy explained. "They did a good job on Daniel Thomas. Our cover units on punts and kickoffs played better. The return game was not as good as we would have liked it."

On offense, Gundy praised quarterback Brandon Weeden for making plays along with wide receivers Bo Bowling and Isaiah Anderson.

"Kendall Hunter was running very physical," added Gundy. "(Joseph) Randle made some plays for us and Quinn (Sharp) was the MVP of the game putting four balls down there inside the 10 (yard line)."

Gundy was asked about keeping Hunter healthy and if he is worried that the 5-8, 200-pound senior is being overused.

"You're always concerned about that but this is the ninth game and he has held up well," said Gundy. "We have to use him as much as we can to win the football game."

The Cowboys will host morning football this week after kicking off at 11 a.m. at Kansas State. They will go at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, hosting 22nd-ranked Baylor.

The Bears have won three games in a row since losing to Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. The Bears beat Colorado on the road, Kansas State 47-42 in Waco, and Texas 30-22 in Austin on Saturday night. These aren't your daddy's Baylor Bears as they are 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference sitting in first place in the Big 12 South.

Gundy was very complimentary of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who he described as, "playing with a lot of confidence and has a lot of escapability and is able to throw the ball downfield with accuracy."

Gundy, who was a one-time assistant coach at Baylor for the last winning coach there in Chuck Reedy, said he really respects what Art Briles has accomplished in Waco as a head coach.

"He has done a really nice job," started Gundy. "He had success at several stops. I have had a chance to spend time with him and get to know him, and I am happy for the success that they are having. He has played a big part in that, along with Griffin."

Call this an elimination game, a playoff game, whatever you want because Saturday in Stillwater when the smoke clears, somebody is working on going to the best bowl possible and the winner will still be working on winning the Big 12 South.


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