Another week, another adversity test passed for the Cowboys.
After starting the year unranked and struggling against its first three non-conference foes, OSU has rolled through Big 12 play so far, beating three ranked opponents in a row for the first time in school history. Saturday’s 32-24 win came against No. 25 Texas, a team that beat OSU last season.
Here are three takeaways from the win:
OSU’s victory didn’t come easy.
During the second quarter Saturday, Texas was beating OSU by 14 points. Thanks to a combination of stout defense and an impressive rushing performance from Jaylen Warren, the Cowboys were able to string together successful drives and erase the deficit. OSU outscored Texas 19-7 to end the game and limited them to zero point in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Gundy was impressed with his team after the game but is looking forward to getting back to work.
“Good win for us,” Gundy said “Like I told the guys, they get a chance to enjoy this. They’ll be home in time to enjoy it with their friends, family and whoever else, and then we got to go to work tomorrow.
According to Gundy, this wasn’t just a win –– it was a “culture win.”
“This was a really, really good culture win for us as an organization,” Gundy said. “We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half, didn’t really give ourselves a chance.”
Aside from the comeback, Gundy was particularly impressed with how the team meshed together with the coaching staff from a scheme perspective.
“Guys rallied back and coaches came up with really good plans at half, I was really proud of that,” Gundy said. “But the team, they have a great culture, they care about each other, it’s important to them and this win is a credit to that.”
Despite clutch plays from the defense, the running backs stole the show Saturday.
Saturday’s game was a battle between the Big 12’s elite running backs: Bijan Robinson for Texas and Jaylen Warren for OSU. Robinson finished the game with 135 yards and two touchdowns while Warren had 193 yards on 33 attempts.
Warren, a grad transfer from Utah State, spoke to the media for the first time this season on Saturday. The first words out of his mouth? A thank you message to his offensive line.
“First and foremost I just want to give credit to my offensive line, they made everything that happened, happen,” Warren said. “We just trusted the coaches, trusted the play calling, trusted everyone, trusted our teammates and it happened the way we practiced all week.”