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TCU Loss Loomes As Cowboys Look Forward To Texas Tech

TCU Loss Loomes As Cowboys Look Forward To Texas Tech

Oklahoma State took an unexpected loss Saturday afternoon as TCU came into town and looked dominate in its 44-31 win. Monday, coach Mike Gundy met with the media as the Cowboys are now forced to begin their road to redemption as many have dropped them from their playoff contender list.
“Each week will be a dog fight, like I said two weeks ago,” Gundy said at Monday’s press conference. “So we got to have a great week of practice and our coaches have to have great plans and we have to take care of the football, get off the field on third downs, to give ourselves a chance to win games.”
If teams defend the Cowboys the way TCU did, they’ve got to take advantage of situations better, as the Pokes gave the ball away four times and averaged a mediocre 3.3 yards per carry.
In the end, Gundy said he believes it wasn’t TCU doing anything different, though coach Gary Patterson said otherwise, but the execution the Pokes lacked on Saturday.
“That’s the same stuff,” Gundy said. “We didn’t convert on several down-field throws and we didn’t run the ball as effective. When you tie that with the other things that I mentioned earlier, that’s what snowballs on us, that’s the game.”
Despite the loss, the Cowboys are not having an existential crisis within the locker room, as Gundy says they take it differently than everyone else outside, whether its with big wins or big losses.
“On Saturday, half of the teams in the country lose, Gundy said. “So half the teams in the country have to go back to work on Sunday or Monday and get over it, or it’s not fun the next week.”
With one loss already under its belt, OSU can not have another slip-up the rest of the season if it hopes to make the Big 12 championship game. The next test is an undefeated Texas Tech team, which has played better than many expected.
The Red Raiders still have a quarterback who can sling it in Nic Shimonek, despite the loss of Patrick Mahomes to the NFL. The offense has not changed much, but will look a bit different as Shimonek and Mahomes are two different players and Tech typically fits its offense to the guy taking snaps.
However, the 2017 edition of Texas Tech has shown a marked improvement on defense after wins over solid Arizona State and Houston teams have seen the unit improve with each quarter.
They’ve done so by sending more pressure to the quarterback, which Gundy said he believes is what has made the difference, along with experience allowing Red Raider players to know more about their own positions.
“I’m fairly certain their defense has improved considerably,” Gundy said. “It looks like they really understand their schemes. They’re tackling better, they’re running to the ball, so from an outsider looking in, that’s where you see the improvement that they’re getting.”
Should the Cowboys be in another close game situation, they would love to use the other backs they have. However, Gundy doesn’t know the freshman backs are as ready as the sophomore Justice Hill, who ran for 102 yards on 25 carries, about five more than he would like per game.
Gundy added the Cowboys will be looking to apply for an extra year for offensive lineman Larry Williams, who broke his leg in practice and will miss the remainder of the season.

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