Oklahoma State fell to Oklahoma 62-52 at home in the Bedlam matchup Saturday. The loss drops the Cowboys to 7-2 on the season, and 4-2 in conference. Here’s what Mike Gundy had to say Monday at his press conference.
- “That was really nice that there were a few tweets that came out from Mr. Pickens in support of the team and the crowd. He actually said the same things that I was going to say. It’s ironic, over the years he and I have butted heads a lot, but we do think a lot alike and we have a common goal… The game day environment was fantastic.”
- “Sure, we came up short. They made a few plays at the end of the game that we didn’t make. But I couldn’t be more proud of the staff. Would we change a few things? Sure we would. You would always change a few things after you lose. Would you call a couple different plays? Probably. Would you have a done a couple things different defensively? Probably. But the overall concept of what we, and I say Mr. Pickens, Coach Holder and myself, and the organization’s been striving for, that’s what we got Saturday. Now, we’re going to continue to funnel money into this program. We’re going to continue to recruit quality kids, quality people. We’re going to keep quality coaches here. I think that that game, arguably, could have been the most important game in the history of Oklahoma State football. So, couldn’t be any more proud of anybody.”
- “The one thing I told the team yesterday was that if we would’ve hit the last pass and won the game, you’ve got to get over it Saturday night to get ready for the next team. And that the next team you’re playing might not look as flashy on tape as some of the other teams we’ve played with skill that goes all over the place and so on and so forth. You’re gonna see a team that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. They’re very well coached in my opinion. I think that they’re building an organization up there. They’re sound defensively. They’ve essentially stopped everybody. My points is you’ve got to get back to work. You’ve got to get over it.”
- “What people have to realize is, here’s our mentality: We’re gunslingers, we’re not scared, we’re gonna throw it deep, we’re gonna play fast, and slowly but surely we’re building a defense that can play with our team. It’s gonna get better and better and better and better. We’re not gonna change who we are… I get the question of, ‘Do you slow down when you’re playing a team as explosive as they are on offense?’ We don’t slow down. That’s not who we are. We’re not going to change what we do for somebody else.”
- When asked if Baker Mayfield is the most difficult player to defend in the country: “Hard for me to say the country because I don’t see everybody else. I think there were two things that came out of that game: both teams have fantastic quarterbacks, both quarterbacks made mistakes. With Baker, he’s been the most difficult player for us to defend. I said this in a private meeting with some people, and I wasn’t gonna say it publicly, but on a busted play he’s been as difficult to defend as Vince Young was. He’s so good when a play breaks down. That’s when he’s at his best.
Oklahoma State will look to rebound on the road against Iowa State Saturday at 11 a.m.