Cowboy News and Notes

Texas A&M fans have another reason to shiver when the name Brandon Weeden is brought up. Not only did the Cowboys' senior quarterback direct an improbable comeback over the Aggies last week, but he also lent a helping hand in preparing Arkansas for the same task.

Weeden formed a close relationship with Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson at the Manning Camp and he spoke to the Razorback signal caller before they played Texas A&M on Saturday.

"I talk to him all the time, he called me last week and asked me about A&M," Weeden said. "I tried to be as helpful as I could. He came out and threw for 510 yards and was throwing it all over the yard; he was taking shots and getting up. It was fun to watch."

Arkansas duplicated OSU's feat from the week prior, clawing back from an 18-point halftime deficit to upend the Aggies. And the majority of the damage was done by Wilson, who threw for 510 yards and three scores on 30-of-51 passing. Weeden might have had something to do with the success.

"We talked about the tempo … I told him the middle of the field against them is wide open and if you throw the ball there nobody will be in the middle," he said. "If you noticed, he did. They threw a lot of digs and in-and-outs and stuff like that. If you can block them up, you can throw it; they were able to do both."

Gundy has good experience at ESPN

Coach Mike Gundy spent his Saturday in Bristol, Conn., at ESPN's headquarters as a guest analyst for the Cowboys' bye week. He described it as a ‘great experience' and discussed how great the exposre is was for OSU and how it can impact recruiting in a major way.

Here is what Gundy had to say about his trip to ESPN:

"It was a great experience. The campus has changed considerably, even from just a few years ago. I learned that Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and John Anderson are the captains of the ship. They throw things out to Mark May and Coach Lou Holtz all the time. They are really good at what they do. It is a very structured and organized setting that has a lot of chaos. It was a great experience to have the opportunity to sit with those guys and watch football for seven hours. It was amazing to be on the set, on the air and off. They give them a lot of information through paper. There were times that they would not receive the information and would continue on without it. I am impressed by their knowledge and their ability to handle the producers saying, `you're on in 15 seconds'. They impressed me with how they handled pressure situations."

Gundy continued after being asked if he saw himself as an analyst when his coaching days are over.

"I do not think I am smart enough. It is all I can do to concentrate on one game. Those guys are looking at 12 games and gathering information. They are very good at what they do. They do it every day. After my experience, I have a different outlook for their ability to handle those types of matters. The experience was fun. I enjoyed Coach Holtz and Mark; obviously I knew Rece, Jesse and John Anderson. I truly enjoyed spending time with those guys."

National exposure for OSU/Texas

A significant number of OSU fans were frustrated when it was announced that Saturday's contest against Kansas would not be televised but OSU made an announcement on Monday that should soften the blow.

Oklahoma State's Oct. 15 game at Texas will be televised by ABC with the premier 2:30 p.m. start time and the broadcast will have a mirror telecast on ESPN for viewers that have a different game on ABC in their region. The mirrored telecast makes the OSU/Texas matchup a national broadcast. OSU's 30-29 victory against Texas A&M was also in the 2:30 p.m. time slot on ABC.

Hoops update: Sager given a scholarship

It has yet to be confirmed at this time, but a reliable source inside the OSU basketball program said that freshman walkon Christien Sager has been awarded the Cowboys' final scholarship for the upcoming season. The scholarship is reportedly a one-year honor that will not impact OSU's available scholarships for incoming recruits. Sager was rewarded for his hard work on the court and in the classroom.


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