As I referenced in the Hate Week thread earlier, I was unable to find an Oklahoma State blog with anything close to respectability with which to do Blogger Q&A. Because of that, I contacted Crimson and Cream Machine, SBNation's Oklahoma blog. I guess I figured that they would know about a team that calls them their rival despite having lost to Oklahoma a billion times in a row. I was right. Here are their responses to my questions.
1. Was Mike Gundy's rant a few years ago more of a publicity stunt or an earnest defense of a player that had been thrown under the bus? If you could rant at Mike Gundy, what would you say?
Gundy’s rant was nothing more than a clown being a clown. He totally slighted the rest of his team and their victory over Texas Tech that day to defend his wrong decision of naming Bobby Reid the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season. He ripped Daily Oklahoman reporter Jenni Carlson for the story that she wrote stating that it wasn’t true and if she wanted to come after someone then come after him because he’s a man, he’s forty. The thing is that as time went on Carlson was proven right in her statements in the article and Gundy never came back to apologize to the university for making a clown out of himself or to Jenni Carlson for questioning her integrity. I guess he’s not much of a man after all because a real man can admit when he’s wrong.
Mike Gundy is 0-for when it comes to beating OU both as a player and a coach. He’s ten games over .500 as O-State’s football coach and has a Cotton Bowl birth as his greatest accomplishment. He call’s Oklahoma State his, "New York Yankees Job" and why shouldn’t it be. It’s the only place in the Big 12 where a coach can thrive in the midst of mediocrity. OSU fans are calling this one of the greatest Cowboy teams of all time and possibly even the greatest. Too bad they weren’t good enough to even score on, much less beat, the worst OU team in the last 10 years.
2. Talk a little bit about what the Cowboys have done to make up for the loss of Dez Bryant.
Nothing! They’ve done nothing. Dez Bryant had 17 receptions for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He’s still the second leading receiver on the team! Hubert Anyiam has 41 receptions for 499 yards. He’s averaging 55.4 receiving yards per game (Bryant averaged 107.7), 12.2 yards per reception (Bryant averaged 19) and has a long of 27 yards (Bryant’s was 46). He’s also still a touchdown short of reaching Bryant’s mark of four. Oklahoma State’s passing attack went down the toilet when Bryant was ruled ineligible.
3. Schematically, how did your Oklahoma Sooners devastate Oklahoma State so badly? Is there a blueprint that our Rebels can follow to victory?
The Sooners showed that OSU is a finesse team that doesn’t well against physical teams. They pummeled the Cowboys by frustrating them with their defense and being patient on offense. With the Cowboy passing game being what it is Oklahoma stuffed the run and forced quarterback Zac Robinson to try and beat him with his arm. Robinson failed miserably as he only completed 9 of 21 passes for 44 yards, was sacked twice and threw a pick. Basically stop the run on first and second downs and then pin your ears back and come after the quarterback on third and long.
Offensively OU just played patient and waited for the O-State defense to wear down. In the second half when the Cowboys didn’t gain a single first down the Oklahoma offense was able to take advantage of a defense that was constantly on the field. The turned a 10-0 halftime lead into a 27-0 rout.
4. Talk a little bit about Oklahoma State's defense. They appear to have done pretty well throughout the season. What makes them tick?
O-State’s defense did improve in 2009 by only allowing 21.8 points per game. However, they were still 5th in the Big 12 in scoring defense which is as close to being in the middle of the pack as you can get without actually being in the middle of the pack.
They are led on defense by linebackers Donald Booker and Patrick Lavine who are tops when it comes to sacks, tackles for loss and total tackles. They are very stout against the rush, only allowing 87.7 yards per game and less than 3 yards per carry, but struggled in defending the pass where opponents threw for almost 250 yards per game.
5. What is the average Oklahoma State fan really like? What kind of fan treatment should we expect? Should Wal Marts all around Dallas stock copious amounts of hair gel for the crowd?
Oklahoma State football fans don’t know a lot about success so look for them to treat this as a bigger game than it really is. They’re going to come into this game thinking that they’ve actually accomplished something when the reality is they are where they are because of a smoke and mirrors schedule. They’ll be loud and boisterous but not necessarily knowledgeable about the game and will shut up and go into shock when the beat down begins (much like the team will).
This is a fan base that lives in the shadow of Oklahoma’s program and has an inferiority complex that’s immeasurable. They’ve learned to feel better about themselves by pointing out the short comings of their opponents. Walking out of the stadium after Oklahoma’s 27-0 win over the Cowboys I actually had one OSU fan yell to me, "Well, you guys lost to Texas!" to which I responded, "Umm so did you." Like I said, they’re not very knowledgeable.