Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was on Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends on Wednesday morning as he called in while between school stops on the road recruiting.
Yurcich was down in the DFW Metroplex when he called and his role in recruiting right now is more looking at younger players. His quarterback recruit for the 2017 class – Jelani Woods from Ellenwood (Cedar Grove), Ga. – is already enrolled and on campus. On the radio we talked about several things, but one was the offensive performance in the Alamo Bowl as there wasn't much contact with the coordinators after the game. They weren't a part of the press conference at the Alamo Bowl after the game.
The Oklahoma State offense used a balanced attack with 189 yards rushing and 338 yards passing to ravage a highly regarded Colorado defense for 527 yards and 38 points, way over the average the Buffs gave up in both categories. CU averaged allowing 20.5 points per game and 328.3 yards per game.
Yurcich started by crediting the physical style of play the Cowboys came with that night.
"I think the biggest thing was our players played with a lot of physicality," Yurcich said. "They were ready to play and the bodies were ready. The preparation was on point and they were ready to go,
"Obviously, that played into it huge that we were fresh, really aggressive and whenever that happens you have a good chance to perform well. On top of that our tempo was very good, our game plan was very good, and our coaches, all of them did a great job of working our game plan and preparing the right way. We got the game plan early per request of Coach Gundy. He wants the game plan in early so we can rep and rep and rep the same plays against every look known to man.
"I think we did a good job of prepping and our guys did a good job of playing with a chip on their shoulder."
Oklahoma State only scored a field goal in the first quarter, but it felt like more. Then in the second quarter the Cowboys scored two touchdowns, the first on a 10-yard run by Chris Carson, a physical run through the defense. The first touchdown pass was set up by a long vertical, but it was a slant route through the heart of the Colorado defense.
"We played against a defense that was very good against the pass and we ran it enough," Yurcich said of the Colorado defense. "Then our guys did a really great job of going downfield and locating the football and Mason (Rudolph) did a good job of making sure we were attacking the one-on-one coverage. He did a good job all year of attacking single coverage and not throwing into where the double teams were. Good things happen when you go where the one-on-one coverage is. Our run game was a big part of it and they were bringing a safety down and giving us the pass."
We also asked Yurcich about his decision a week ago to take his name out of the running for the Auburn offensive coordinator position that eventually went to Chip Lindsey from Arizona State. Oklahoma State has been keeping assistants pretty regularly, in part because it is a pretty good place to be right now in a lot of ways including the potential for a big season in 2017.
"I agree with that," Yurcich stated. "You can sit here and think the grass is greener, but it is pretty damn green in Stillwater. Coach (Mike Gundy) does a heckuva job in treating us well and making sure we see our families and that our quality of life here is really good, and I don't know that you can put a price tag on that.
"We have great players and people all around from the administration to the staff to the players. It's a wonderful fan base and a wonderful place to call home. You get opportunities and and you have to make professional decisions."