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Mike Gundy Credits Players for Recent Success against Texas and Four Straight in Austin

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Beating Texas is no small thing. While earning a win over the Longhorns seems like the norm as of late (especially in Austin), historically that’s not been the case. Before Mike Gundy’s tenure, the Cowboys were 2-17 all-time against the ‘Horns. In his first-five tries his team went 0-5. But that all changed with a trip to Austin in November of 2010.

Brandon Weeden slung it around for 409 yards but threw just one TD and one pick. Kendall Hunter, the former three-star Tyler, Texas product who had received interest from just about every other in-state school, took out his aggression on the turf inside Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium to the tune of 116 yards and two scores.

Prior to that game, the Cowboys had beaten the Longhorns just once in Austin — all the way back in 1944.¬†Starting with that game, OSU is 5-2 against that less desirable shade of orange, with both losses coming in Stillwater. In fact, only Oklahoma State (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) and Notre Dame (1913, 1915, 1952, 1996) have ever won four straight in Austin.

Mike Gundy was asked about that and what’s led to his recent success against Texas.

“We’ve had good players,” Gundy answered. “I guess you could go back and research. We’re probably getting good quarterback play. We’ve had good teams.

“We’ve had skill kids that could make plays in-space. You have to have skill kids who can make plays in-space against them. We’ve just had quality kids [that are] gonna go down and play hard.”

Several of those wins were made possible by Texas natives, ready to get back at their home-state school and against some of their former teammates and counterparts — especially when in the state capital.

“I think our players enjoy this game,” Gundy continued. “Most of them know all the guys on their team and things like that from high school, being in 7-on-7 tournaments and whatever it is they do. So I think they enjoy the game.”

You had the 2013 game when Huntsville, Texas native Justin Gilbert snagged two interceptions including this back-breaking pick-6.

Then you had Arlington native Ben Grogan thread the needle for 41-yard and 40-yard field goals to tie and then take the final lead against Texas in 2015.

Gundy has also won in Austin with some big-time QBs, as he referenced. Weeden, Chelf and now he’s taking the school’s all-time leading passer down there for the second time.

If the Cowboys can get it done and win their fifth-straight in Austin they’ll keep their postseason hopes alive and establish a school-best streak of three-straight against the burnt orange ‘Horns. And they’ll do it mostly with kids Texas didn’t want.

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