Sunday Rewind: Turnovers Caused The Nightmare

Not much changed in the 16 hours from the end of Oklahoma State's Big 12 South showdown with No. 3 Texas and the 3 p.m. teleconference that Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy holds with the beat reporters and any other media that chooses to call in. Gundy and his staff had digested the video and started the process of grading and even moving on to this week's game at Iowa State.

That Iowa State game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) as a regional selection on ABC Television.

The general thoughts of Gundy were pretty similar to those he gave us on the postgame interview on the Cowboys Radio Network.

"Pretty close," started Gundy. "Turnovers were a huge part of it. I thought we had a good plan and I thought our players were aggressive for the most part.

"They (Texas) are very good in the secondary. They do a good job of playing physical and getting their hands on balls and when they do they make plays. I thought at the line of scrimmage we won our share of the battles and Texas won their share too.

"I thought Zac pressed at times, in my opinion, and he made some mistakes. Our defense was put in a difficult situation. It is hard to put them in that position and have success. I thought we had a good plan and did a good job in the kicking game against their kickoff and punt returns."

Oklahoma State lost the game and the Cowboys fall to 18th in both the AP and the USA Today/ESPN polls. The Big 12 South title is almost out of the equation, but moving this program up a notch is not. A 10-2 finish, which requires the team bouncing back Saturday against Iowa State, is still a move up and an impressive one when you think of the circumstances involved in this season thus far.

One of those is running back Kendall Hunter, who played just one play Saturday night. What is the situation with Hunter, who obviously is not going to redshirt? How much will he help out the rest of the way?

"Kendall has said he wants to play," said Gundy. "He doesn't want to sit out. He has continued to practice and has had less pain in the foot. I do believe that he will not be able to play at anytime this season without any pain in his foot. That is just my guess. He'll keep practicing and we'll keep trying to get him out there."

One of the problem areas in the game with Texas was the match-up at wide receiver going against Texas corners and safeties. There were times Texas just played more physical than the Cowboys receivers. Dameron Fooks was bumped around as was Hubert Anyiam.

Gundy understands the Cowboys has some depth issues there right now with Dez Bryant gone and Josh Cooper still in a boot with a stress fracture. Cooper could be back soon but other answers are a resurgence by Justin Blackmon and more time for freshman Tracy Moore.

"I think so, as he gets experience at this level and becomes more physical and improves his body control," Gundy said of Moore playing additional snaps. "Remember last year he was over there (in Tulsa) playing high school. Moore is doing fine blocking and he will keep getting more experience."

Right now he has a huge per catch average with 26 yards per catch.

Blackmon come on against Texas to kick start the first scoring drive with back to back catches and made a nice catch for the Cowboys second touchdown of the game.

"He did make a nice catch to go take it away," said Gundy. "He was slowed by injury for the past few weeks and he is just now getting healthy again. We were concerned if he would be healthy again this season, but he is healthy again and is running better."

Gundy said he hasn't seen enough of Florida or anybody else to know if Texas is the best team in the nation. The Longhorns moved past idle Alabama into second in the rankings with the win over Oklahoma State. Gundy gave Texas the props saying they had a top-15 defense, experienced quarterback, speed on the perimeter, and depth which puts you in position for a national title.

The hesitancy of a full out endorsement may have come from his look at the video, comparing the game stats. You can't do it in football, no do-overs, but the numbers minus turnovers really make you wish you could back this one up and see what would happen is the Cowboys hadn't threw four interceptions and Andre Sexton had been given credit for that first half swipe of the ball.

Sorry, it doesn't work that way, Texas is gone and Iowa State is next.

GoPokes Top Stories