OSU Notebook: Looking familiar
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Monday, November 05, 2012
11/05/12 at 5:20 AM
OSU's quarterback chaos doesn't bode well for season
Oklahoma State committed five turnovers in a 44-30 loss to unbeaten Kansas State.
"They're playing a lot like we did last year," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "They are very opportunistic on defense. Their quarterback is smart and doesn't make a lot of mistakes and they have some skill players besides him that allow them to score some points."
Summing things up: Gundy said OSU was "terrible" on special teams (K-State accumulated 238 kickoff and punt return yards). He said the Cowboys turned the ball over and tackled poorly for a half and "turned a defensive lineman loose in our quarterback's face."
Added the coach, "You combine all that and you give yourself a very small percentage chance of winning, much less on the road against the No. 2 (BCS) team in the country."
All things considered, Gundy said it was "kind of amazing" that the Cowboys were still in the game. They trailed by 14 points and were at K-State's 8-yard-line when Clint Chelf threw an interception on a second down play with 2:06 remaining.
Asked about player morale, Gundy said, "I think they are down and they should be by the way we played and the way we coached. I said after the game it starts with me. I obviously failed them this week because we weren't ready to play... So it starts with me and it should be that way. They will have to get over it. Tonight will be a tough night on them, but they will have to get over it and (practice well) on Tuesday."
Date with Seminoles?: According to a CBSSports.com blog, OSU and Florida State are in discussions to play a game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington early in the 2014 season.
Asked Sunday night to comment on the report, Gundy said, "You guys know how I feel about scheduling. It hasn't changed.
"I think the very best opportunity for us to win a Big 12 championship is to not encourage what could be a 10th game (in addition to nine league games) of the year that could be very difficult. ... But I don't do scheduling. I have not been involved in scheduling. If that is going on, (they are) dealing with somebody else."
OSU will play Mississippi State in a neutral-site (Houston) game next season.
Quarterback shortage: If Wes Lunt joins J.W. Walsh on the unable-to-play list this week, OSU will be down to two healthy quarterbacks - Clint Chelf and Jase Chilcoat, a former walk-on who accepted a scholarship offer to rejoin the team prior to the fourth game of the season.
If that's the case, who becomes OSU's new third-team quarterback? "We'll have to see," offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. "We may have to go back to the intramural field and find another guy, the next guy. We'll find out who (Chilcoat) thought was the next-best guy in the league."