Gundy appears to name Alan Bowman as OSU’s starting quarterback for K-State

Gundy appears to name Alan Bowman as OSU’s starting quarterback for K-State

It would mark the second straight start for Bowman, who played the entire game in the 34-27 loss at Iowa State.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Oct 3, 2023, 1:13pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Oct 3, 2023, 1:13pm CDT

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy spoke as if Alan Bowman will be his starting quarterback Monday night during his weekly radio program.

Hours after a noncommittal answer at his noon press conference, Gundy opened up to Dave Hunziker, host of The Mike Gundy Show.

“Bowman played pretty good last week, overall,” Gundy said. “He was able to function because we covered guys up in the running game and we protected pretty well and I thought he played good enough to come back and get the start, and then we’ll just watch from there. He gets about 60% of the ones now (repetitions with the starting offense) and the other two split it in practice. But he played pretty good in the game, overall, so I don’t feel like he would do anything in practice that would make us change that way.”

Asked earlier Monday if he planned to start Bowman, Gundy said “we’re working through that in practice.” Oklahoma State (2-2) faces Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN) at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Bowman ran for one touchdown and was 23-of-48 passing for 278 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 34-27 loss at Iowa State. The 27 points were OSU’s season-high.

“As you saw against Iowa State, there was probably more throw aways than everyone would have liked to see,” Bowman told reporters on Monday. “The completion percentage wasn’t great. But the many years I’ve been playing, I kinda understand what defenses are trying to do, and then I take that talent and ability that I’ve always had — I’ve always had a quick release to be able to get the ball out of my hands quickly — then when the pocket is gonna collapse, I’ll get it out of my hand quick instead of take a sack.”

This season in four games, Bowman has thrown for 513 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions at a 53% completion rate. He also ran for a score against ISU.

In three games, Rangel threw for 172 yards, one touchdown and one interception at a 58.7% completion rate. Gunnar Gundy threw for 202 yards and a score at a 61.8% completion rate.

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