Sam Hutchens: Mike Gundy took to the podium to discuss his team’s win against West Virginia, plan to keep running back Ollie Gordon rolling, injuries and the defensive strength of OSU’s next opponent, Cincinnati.
Running back Ollie Gordon has used a considerable workload in the past three weeks to emerge as a star. He had 29 carries at West Virginia, 29 carries against Kansas and 21 against Kansas State.
That’s 586 yards on 79 carries. Don’t expect his load to lighten.
“We just have to feel our way through it,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I don’t want to pull him back yet. We’ll let him roll.”
Gundy said Jaden Nixon has made some good runs fresh off the bench, but after an early-season cycle, Gordon has taken control of the backfield.
Gundy said his brother, Cale, messaged him after Gordon’s monster game on Saturday with some seating advice for the airplane flight back to Stillwater.
“He said, ‘You need to clear two rows of people out of the back and let that horse (Gordon) lay down. Put hay on one side, let him sleep and just keep feeding him,’” Mike said.
Cincinnati will be Gordon’s toughest challenge yet:
OSU’s next opponent, Cincinnati (2-5, 0-4 Big 12), is off to a rough start in its trailblazing year as a Big 12 school.
Just don’t tell the Bearcats defensive line that.
“I was shocked when I was there watching Cincinnati’s tape,” Gundy said. “Like we all do, I looked at the record. Then I looked at the tape. That doesn’t match up.”
Cincinnati is No. 2 in the Big 12 in rushing defense. The Bearcats are giving up just 3.2 yards per rush and 100.7 rushing yards per game. Both stats are just behind Texas for the Big 12 lead.
With how well Gordon and the offensive line has played in OSU’s past three games, Gundy said he is trying to get those players to look beyond their opponents’ record. He said the Bearcats have the best defensive line of any team OSU has played this year.
“Cincinnati, I’m guessing, couldn’t care less about what we’ve done up to this point,” Gundy said.
Gundy hopeful Brooks, Shettron will return
The Cowboys lost two offensive players to injury during the course of their win against West Virginia. They may return this week.
Redshirt junior left guard Jason Brooks was injured about halfway through the game and exited with a boot on his ankle. He didn’t return.
Redshirt freshman receiver Talyn Shettron was also forced from the game after a career-high in catches (3) and yards (36).
“I’m hoping they will be back later in the week,” Gundy said. “It’s really hard for me to tell who’s going to be able to come back.
“Brooks is the one guy that looks further off in my opinion. But he hasn’t been back over here today to take the boot off and do all the examination.”