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The Rundown: Gundy Talks Hubbard’s Performance and More after K-State

A look at what Gundy said Saturday after his team beat the Wildcats.

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The Cowboys are back to .500 in Big 12 play.

Oklahoma State doubled up Kansas State 26-13 on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. The Pokes are 4-1 on the year and 1-1 on conference play. After Saturday’s win, OSU coach Mike Gundy met with the media. Here is what he had to say.

• Spencer Sanders needs to do a better job of just taking off and running instead of throwing across his body, but he is still young.

• Tre Sterling, who led OSU in tackles, made a “big change” entering this year. “Sometimes we see young men that, they’re just kinda there. Then a year later, they decide that football’s important to them, and they play much better.”

• OSU’s defense gets better each week. It’s important to stop the run first then move onto the pass.

• “I’ll be honest with you, I was a little surprised we could be that strong vs. the run against them. After I watched them play Mississippi State, I was a little concerned. Mississippi State’s got some big, strong guys, and Kansas State handled them on both sides of the ball. Our guys played really good. We had a good scheme.”

• Gundy is pleased with his linebacker play.

• “The good news tonight is that we traded field goals for field goals. That was the difference. We’re still not good enough down there (in the red zone).”

• On how the O-line handled all the shuffling: “I don’t know, and I don’t even want to think about it. It had me scared. I don’t think I ate much all week.”

• “Spencer, he knows where his weapons are. Tylan’s tough to deal with.”

• In the second half, Tylan Wallace played inside more, and K-State responded by throwing a safety over him, opening more room for Chuba Hubbard.

• Hubbard’s 84-yard run out of the half gave OSU “a lot of juice.”

• The crowd was awesome for staying through the rain delay.

• Sanders rolled out a little more this game in preparation for the two new offensive tackles.

• “(Sanders is) trying to make a play every time. Sometimes it’s OK to run it or throw it out of bounds. But he does have a very live arm, and he can whip it fast on the run. That’s a weapon for us when he’s out on the move.”

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