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Mike Gundy Says Ending of Game Was ‘Dumb Call’ On His Part



Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State football team lost on the most insane ending I’ve ever seen on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater. Mason Rudolph ended the game on an intentional grounding play (or so he thought), but Central Michigan got an untimed down and threw a hail mary pitch back to beat OSU 30-27. Gundy took the blame afterwards.

“Everybody is going to be really mad at me for a long time, and I’m going to be mad at myself for a long time,” said Gundy. “I should have done a better job of preparing and thinking that through. I’ll be real honest, it never crossed my mind. We’ve practiced it for years, and nobody ever said, “hey, there’s not a receiver in the area. I wouldn’t change anything we did up until we threw the ball.I never thought of intentional grounding being called at that time in the game.

“If the officials handled it incorrectly, it was still a dumb call on my part regardless.”

“[The hail mary] was unbelievable. Ball traveled in the air at least 40 yards. To catch it and flip it backwards to a guy … I’m not sure we challenged it like we should have. We could talk about it for a long time, but their quarterback stepped up and chunked it. When he threw it, I thought it was going to be short. He punched the ball back. It was a big time play.”

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