Mike Gundy talks UCF loss, OSU rushing struggles and Jimbo Fisher’s buyout

Mike Gundy talks UCF loss, OSU rushing struggles and Jimbo Fisher’s buyout

Ben Hutchens: Both of Mike Gundy’s dogs were in the room as he talked about what he gathered from watching the film of the loss and what he saw with his players’ body language on the flight back from Orlando.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Nov 13, 2023, 3:34pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Nov 13, 2023, 3:34pm CST

Two days after a 45-3 loss to UCF, Mike Gundy needed some protection at his Monday press conference.

“I figured I might need a guard dog after that coaching, so I brought two of them,” Gundy said.

Both of Gundy’s dogs were in the room to listen to Gundy talk about OSU’s rushing struggles, if any scheme changes are necessary and Jimbo Fisher’s $77 million buyout.

Gundy says rushing struggles weren’t caused by UCF’s scheme

Ollie Gordon rushed for 25 yards Saturday. In the six games leading up to the game against UCF, he had averaged 191 rushing yards a game. 

Gundy said UCF did the same things OU and other teams had tried to do — bring an extra safety up closer to the line of scrimmage to stop the run. 

“Same thing we’ve seen the last few weeks; we just didn’t execute,” Gundy said. “We got into a point where we really needed to be balanced. And then rain came and we couldn’t be balanced. So (UCF brought) an extra guy in the box a little more. They did a good job. And they took advantage of the situation but not anything scheme-wise that was out of the ordinary.”

Gundy was asked if he was worried about UCF giving other teams the blueprint on how to slow down the OSU rushing game. He said he wasn’t concerned. 

“There’s nothing looking at it on tape schematically that’s different than what we saw last month,” Gundy said.

OSU won’t alter its rushing scheme after abysmal showing

After back-to-back losses to South Alabama and Iowa State in September, the Cowboys sat down and made changes. OSU simplified its running scheme to a more vertical attack, which helped running back Ollie Gordon go on a run of five straight games over 100 rushing yards. He leads the nation with 1,250 rushing yards.

Will the 3.01 yards per carry OSU’s running back’s averaged Saturday warrant another change?

“No, we’re going to do what we do,” Gundy said.

 

“It’s not like that we’re still not a good football team,” Gundy said. “We just have to rally and understand the mistakes we made. And then also learn from that and then move forward.”

Gundy remembers first Big 12 loss — for all the wrong reasons

Sellout Crowd columnist Guerin Emig asked Gundy if his bounce back methods have evolved much since his first Big 12 loss in 2005 at home against Colorado.

That day, the Buffaloes trounced the Cowboys 34-0 in redshirt freshman Bobby Reid’s second start at quarterback.

“Gary Barnett was the head coach (at Colorado),” Gundy said. “They ran a power on the first play of the game right up the gut for a 78-yard touchdown. And I also had the flu that day and I threw up before practice and halfway during the game, halftime, and after the game. And I’d forgotten about that till you just reminded me of it.”

More money, more problems

Yesterday, Texas A&M fired head coach Jimbo Fisher. As part of his contract, Fisher will receive a buyout of more than $77 million. 

“I don’t know what to say,” Gundy said. “It’s pretty amazing. I would think that means (Texas A&M has) a lot of money, right?”

Gundy said he thinks college athletic directors have a difficult job today, because if they decide to write a big check for a buyout they had better be sure to replace the previous coaching staff with something better.

“Money causes problems everywhere,” Gundy said. “Money causes problems in college football, money causes problems in the NFL, money causes problems in marriages, money causes problems with administration and coaches and relationships. Money causes a lot of problems.” 

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Ben Hutchens and his twin brother Sam cover Oklahoma State for the Sellout Crowd. After a decade of living in the state, Ben finally feels justified in calling himself an Oklahoman. You can reach him at [email protected] and continue the dialogue @Ben_ Hutchens_ on social media.

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