STILLWATER – Mike Gundy thinks Saturday’s atmosphere was one of the best during his time at Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys upset then-No. 6 Texas on homecoming. Fans stormed the field following the game, creating pandemonium. During the game, a raucous crowd propelled the Cowboys to beat a top-10 opponent for the seventh time under Gundy.
Yet one of the biggest factors of Saturday’s thrilling evening was recruiting. With all of those factors, it was the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for OSU. Gundy said he had 23 prospects in, with 20 of those holding offers.
Some recruits said it was the best atmosphere they had been a part of at a college football game, per Robert Allen, who works with the Cowboy Radio Network.
Gundy stressed the importance of recruiting, but he said it doesn’t all fall on the coaches.
Saturday’s game was the first sellout for OSU this season. Last season, the Cowboys sold out in five of their six games.
“(Fan support) can’t just be homecoming,” Gundy said. “It’s got to be every game.”
Gundy continued talking about how fans account for so much in recruiting. Without fan support at the game, the atmosphere that will entice 18-year-old kids to come to Stillwater wouldn’t exist. He said the coaches do so much in recruiting that every little bit the fans can to do help out is beneficial in the end.
Offensive line health
Starting right tackle Shane Richards had to leave Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Gundy said he doesn’t know a lot about the status of Richards ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Baylor.
Arlington Hambright, who has missed the past three games with an ankle sprain, was practicing last week but wasn’t quite ready to go, per Gundy. Hambright started the first five games at left tackle.
Rest and recovery
The nearly four-hour game took a toll on OSU players and coaches.
When they met for a brief Sunday practice and recovery day, Gundy said he noticed how many players seemed fatigued from the physical night game before.
It’s nothing new to Gundy and his staff. Whenever OSU plays a night game, they have less time to recover before getting up the next day, going through meetings, watching film and preparing for the next opponent.
Gundy has spoken before about how he prefers morning or midday kickoffs because he and the players don’t have to sit and wait around all day, it gives more recovery time and players and staff can have nights with their friends and families.
– Oklahoma State’s matchup with Oklahoma on Nov. 10 will not have a kickoff time announced until late Saturday night or Sunday.
– Taylor Cornelius and Zach Sinor won Player of the Week awards for their performances against Texas. You can read about their achievements here.