Sunday Rewind: It's Bedlam Week

By the time Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said he got home following the Cowboys 59-21 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in the final home game of the 2012 season he was able to watch a little bit of Oklahoma's 50-49 win over West Virginia. Now, Gundy and the Cowboys begin preparing for this Saturday's Bedlam battle with the Sooners in Norman.

"I watched the last few minutes of the third quarter and the fourth quarter," Gundy said of the game involving the Cowboys next opponent and Bedlam rival.

"Well, I saw most of the fourth quarter because my kids were going back and forth and they were watching Stanford-Oregon and some of K-State game (vs. Baylor). It was a wild finish. Another week in the Big 12 with offensive football," said Gundy.

Now the Cowboys get ready to play Oklahoma this coming Saturday in Norman. Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman made a rare appearance on the Sunday teleconference to ask Gundy some Bedlam questions including how he felt about going against Bob Stoops for the eighth straight year and that made this a tie for the all-time mark of Bedlam head-to-head coaching rivalries.

He also asked about Landry Jones of OU making his fourth start at quarterback in Bedlam, and that as far as he could find the only other quarterback to do that was Gundy.

The Cowboys head coach answered both question in a diplomatic way, saying he couldn't speak for OU but for his program that he had good coaches and they had stabilized the program and been able to recruit good players to keep the program rising.

Gundy also complimented Jones, saying he felt he had been a really good performer for the Sooners and that his experience was a very vauluable tool to Oklahoma's success.

As for last season and the Cowboys win, Gundy headed straight to defense when asked about his standout moment from the 44-10 win.

"We had a really good game and so there are a number of moments that stick out," said the Cowboys head coach. "I would say when the defense picks up the ball and scores or came close to scoring. Those are big plays from a momentum standpoint and you remember those more than others."

As for the here and now leading up to Bedlam next Saturday, Gundy said the team did well in staying healthy while beating Texas Tech. Charlie Moore played sparingly in the Tech win, but the Cowboys should be relatively healthy heading into Bedlam, at least for where they are in the season.

Gundy had some fond moments from the win on Saturday.

"(I'm happy for) Zack Craig because he has worked really hard on the special teams," Gundy said. "Isaiah Anderson because he had that injury and missed a lot and then had to step back in because of Charlie (Moore).

"Ryan Simmons played well, and (so did) Nigel Nicholas. The seniors got to close out their final game in that stadium on a high note. Clint (Chelf) continues to have success, and a number of guys that had success in the game."

Gundy was happy to about being able to play so many guys in the fourth quarter, including seniors and scout team players that have contributed to the program. That is a great way to close out the home season and have so many players happy, with good attitudes, and ready to go to work this week for Bedlam.

Mark my words, there is no more fun day to practice football during the entire year than on Thanksgiving. Still playing and playing well at Thanksgiving makes the turkey and dressing taste that much better.

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