It's Back To Work For Gundy, Cowboys

Head coach Mike Gundy said while visiting with beat writers on his Sunday teleconference that after practice on Thursday most of the Cowboys staff scattered to recruit like they normally do during a bye week. Most of the coaches hit the high schools of players already on the Cowboys' commitment list or are actively recruiting. They also saw some junior college games on Saturday.

"My two little boys had (football) games. Then when I got home I went dove hunting and I got back later on that night, about 9 or so, 9:30.," said Gundy. "I saw the (West Virginia) score, but that's about it."

Gundy said it is still as much about Oklahoma State and improving his team as it is preparing for West Virginia. Sunday night is still more about the Cowboys and then Monday will be more about West Virginia.

"Yes, well I don't know," answered Gundy when asked if he ever thought that a Dana Holgorsen-coached team could be shut out. "I haven't watched that game yet. I will watch it tomorrow after we practice tonight. I don't know.

"Again, I haven't watched that game. But I guess at any time anybody probably has the capability of not playing as well on offense as they would want to."

Gundy will be one of the few folks in the Cowboys' traveling party when the team on Friday heads to West Virginia that has been to Milan Puskar Stadium before.

"I've been there when I was coaching at Maryland. We played over there twice when I was there," said Gundy.

He remembered the stadium being mostly full and that the crowd was pretty good and pretty rabid. "Football is important to them in that state," he added.

It was a short visit with the media. One topic discussed at the end of the call was the start of the season for wide receiver Tracy Moore. Gundy said he believes Moore has played well and his number of receptions has a lot to do with the way opposing defenses have played the OSU offense. He feels Moore will get plenty of chances and that he has blocked well downfield.

The lack of turnovers and taking care of the ball has been a strong suit for the Cowboys through the first three games. Gundy said that it is a combination of coaching it and good fortune at the same time. Not only does Gundy preaches it all the time but offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has it as his highest priority.

It's now back to work with this week's game on the road at West Virginia and then home with Kansas State on Oct. 5. The second bye week of the season doesn't seem that far away on Oct. 18 when Gundy will have a chance to go to youth league football games again and do some more hunting.

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