Dual Quarterbacks Confused Media

Several members of the media questioned Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy repeatedly in the post-game news conference over why backup quarterback Zac Robinson played so much and why it was Robinson and not starting quarterback Bobby Reid that was playing on the game's final series that ended with the Cowboys throwing into the end zone from the OU 25-yard line on the final play.

The numbers were proof alone that the use of Robinson in a specific scheme was a wise move. The redshirt freshman, who has played well as a reserved this season, finished with 168 yard of total offense, including 19 yards rushing and an 8-of-17 passing day for 149 yards and a 54-yard pass to D'Juan Woods to set up a critical second half touchdown.

The plan and the development of the scheme involving Robinson was really an ingenius coaching move that allowed the Cowboys some predictability in what they would see out of the Oklahoma defense against the empty backfield, five-wide receiver package.

"Oklahoma blitzes against everybody, 76 percent of the time they bring pressure," said Gundy. "We had researched ways with personnel groupings and formations, shifts, and motions to give us the chance to run the football or to protect the passer and give us the chance to throw the ball down the field. Part of the reason was to control the blitz, part of the reason was to bring the blitz on, and part of the reason wss to get soft coverage or cover two. There was a lot of thought that went into this during the week and I thought it was executed very well."

Yet those media members, many that don't know a lot of Xs and Os, questioned the move and especially what was going on during the final drive.

"Just from coming out of the media people question what we do," Gundy said with a hint of frustration. "I'll be real honest with you it surprises me that anybody questions the schemes that we use and how we moved the football. We have a plan for everything that we do. People want to know why Zac was in at the end. That personnel group that we put in for him, and he had practiced all week, gave us the best chance of scheming them, of knowing when they were blitzing and when they weren't, and gave us the best chance of moving the ball down the field.

"We let Zac specialize in that scheme and personnel group all week. He got more work at it than Bobby, so we had faith in him taking the team down the field at the last part of the game. We had running plays built in for him because he is a good runner."

Divising a way to beat Oklahoma could be harder than it looks.

"They are pretty good on defense now," said Gundy. "You have to give them credit. You are not just going to come out and roll over a football team like that. Those guys (OU coaches) are on salary and they can coach too. I was excited about our game plan."

Robinson said he felt comfortable with the plan and his portion of it.

"There was just a group of plays that the coaches set up for me that we worked all week on," said Robinson. "I felt comfortble doing them all week, and yes, I think it worked out pretty well for us."

Robinson said he didn't know if he got in earlier in the game on a fourth-and-goal situation that the officials on the field and in the replay booth agreed on. They felt Robinson did not get in on that option that he kept. Hindsight is 20/20, but had Robinson pitched it Dantrell Savege likely would have scored.

Robinson said he'd have given anything for a time out and one more play to try the end zone at the end of the game.

"I was really just taking it play by play and not looking ahead," said Robinson. "I knew we had to get the ball moving and pick up first downs to stop the clock. We had no time outs and we were just trying to get the ball down the field."

Robinson did his job. Could he have done it better? Could Reid have guided the team into the end zone? The answer is probably not, and Reid had his chances and it didn't quite work out like at Texas Tech last week.

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