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Gundy, Cowboys Drop Third Straight Big 12 Opener as Gundy’s Record Moves to 7-7

A look at conference openers under Mike Gundy.

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The Cowboys have struggled at the start of Big 12 play of late.

Oklahoma State’s 41-17 loss against Texas Tech on Saturday makes it three straight defeats in conference openers. Since Mike Gundy took over at OSU in 2005, the Cowboys have gone 7-7 in Big 12 openers with a less than ideal 2-5 record since 2012.

“We got to get back to the basics, we’ve got to execute our running game,” Gundy said. “I thought the backs rushed good, they just didn’t get many opportunities. Then you get behind. We’re a balanced-attack team, when you get behind by two touchdowns like we were and some of the stuff we do is not as productive. Had a chance to come back, every time we’d get an interception, a stop or whatever, then we would drop a punt, drop passes, turned a guy loose around a corner, make a bad throw. They outcoached us, they outplayed us.”

Saturday’s 24-point difference was the worst OSU has had in a conference debut since Gundy’s first season, 2005, when Colorado beat the Cowboys 34-0.

OSU’s last win in a Big 12 opener came in 2015 when Ben Grogan hit a game-winning 40-yard field goal to push the Cowboys past Texas, 30-27.

This is the third time a Gundy coach team opened its Big 12 schedule against Texas Tech. OSU won the first two meetings in 2014 and 2007. In 2014, Daxx Garman threw for 340 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions against the Red Raiders in a 45-35 victory.

In 2007, the Cowboys overcame a 646 passing yard performance from Graham Harrell. Harrell threw five touchdowns, three of which were to Michael Crabtree, who had 237 receiving yards. The Cowboys rushed for 366 yards that game.

Saturday’s game could be remembered by the masses as Alan Bowman’s first Big 12 start rather than Taylor Cornelius’. Bowman, a freshman, completed 76 percent of his passes for 397 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Cornelius, who didn’t get much help up front, completed 47 percent of his passes for 258 yards a touchdown and an interception.

“I thought Corn played tough,” Gundy said. “I know the statistics don’t resemble it very well. I don’t think it’s all about numbers. We’ll have to go back and look at the film and see where mistakes were made at that position and correct them.”

Here’s a look at Big 12 openers in the Mike Gundy era:

Year Opponent Win/Loss Score
2018 Texas Tech L 41-17
2017 TCU L 44-31
2016 Baylor L 35-24
2015 Texas W 30-27
2014 Texas Tech W 45-35
2013 West Virginia L 30-21
2012 Texas L 41-36
2011 Texas A&M W 30-29
2010 Texas A&M W 38-35
2009 Texas A&M W 36-31
2008 Texas A&M W 56-28
2007 Texas Tech W 49-45
2006 Kansas State L 31-27
2005 Colorado L 34-0

 

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