Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy Quotes

Head Coach Mike Gundy

Opening statement...

“It was a tough game. It was a tough loss to swallow. We have to be able to put all three phases of the game together offense, defense and the kicking game. We were poor in the kicking game today. We’re usually good in the kicking game. We didn’t tackle well on kickoffs and had a punt blocked. Offensively, we were a little slow getting started for whatever reason. Going into the second half, we played better. You have to give them (Kansas State) credit. The way they played down the stretch completing big pass plays and having big scrambles it makes a difference. It gave them a chance to win the game. We had a chance to come back and win it in the end. We had a pass that we dropped at the goal line. We came up a little bit short, but I’m proud of the way our team fought back.”

 

On the loss...

“Any loss is tough. When you put time and effort in, it’s tough for the player because you work hard. If you loose something in life, like a game, and put the time and effort into it, it’s going to hurt. In college football, you get ready for the next one, and that’s just the way it is.”

 

On the dropped pass at the goal line...

“I thought he had his hands on the ball. Even though they scored, our team came back, completed a few passes and took a couple shots at the end zone. We had a chance to win it.”

 

On the two jump balls in the end zone...

“We didn’t have timeouts. When you’re down to ten and a half (seconds) and don’t have any timeouts, you have to throw the ball to give yourself a chance. Bobby (Reid) made a bad throw on the first one he threw it out of bounds. With what they were doing coverage-wise dropping guys deep and scattered out without a timeout, you don’t really have a chance. You have to take shots at the end zone. We have guys that can go out and make a big play. I think it got batted around at the end. We had a chance to get it. We knew they were going to drop everyone, so it doesn’t make sense to throw underneath.”

 

On Oklahoma State’s defense...

“The defense played well. Until the end, we made big stops. We’ll continue our coaching and try to see why. There’s work to be done.”