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The Rundown: Mike Gundy Talks Les Miles, Chuba’s Heisman Campaign

A breakdown of what Mike Gundy said after beating the Jayhawks.

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For the 10th straight year, Kansas has not beaten Oklahoma State in football.

The Cowboys topped the Jayhawks 31-13 on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. After the game, OSU coach Mike Gundy talked battling his mentor, his running back’s Heisman hopes and more.

• He wishes OSU would’ve kicked the ball better, but other than that, OSU was “pretty good.”

• OSU’s defense did a good job of containing Pooka Williams.

• “If we could’ve got off the field on third down, we would have had an unbelievable day on defense. We gave them 6-of-17 on third down, and I’m gonna say half of those were more than third-and-10.”

• Taking Spencer Sanders out was “just precautionary.”

• On Dru Brown: “It’s awesome. He’s been so good. He was a captain in this game, so that tells you what kind of a young man we’re dealing with. He’s practiced hard. He’s stayed focused. And we know it’s difficult, we all do. Everybody sitting here knows it’s difficult to do what he’s doing, but he hasn’t flinched at all. He’s been tremendous. It’s awesome to see him come in. He played pretty good.”

• On Kolby Harvell-Peel’s string of turnovers: “He’s in the right place at the right time. He’s like Shaun Lewis. Remember years ago when Shaun Lewis was here? Every time a ball got tipped he was standing there, and every time a ball was on the ground he was there. For some reason he’s at the right place at the right time. You know what they say about guys who are good players, they’re usually in the right place at the right time.

“The second part of that is when he gets a chance, he catches it. You see some guys that are there and they don’t do it, but he finished and he catches it.”

• Gundy said he’s proud of Jim Knowles. Gundy mentions how hard it is to be a defensive coordinator in the Big 12.

• On Dillon Stoner: “It’s been awesome. I said it a couple weeks ago when (Tylan) Wallace went down, he has to play multiple positions, and he’s made plays. Our staff has done a nice job of getting us in schemes to try to open some things up. They had a nice scheme today throwing the ball to Chuba (Hubbard). The same thing is happening for Dillon. He just works hard. He’s every day.”

• On Les Miles: “I enjoyed seeing Coach pregame and Kathy and Smacker. We had a good conversation. I have a lot of respect for Coach, I hope he feels the same way. I asked him if he’s having fun, and he said he’s having a ball, which I’m sure he is. When the game’s going on, I never really notice who’s on the other side. I forget most the times. I’m so zeroed in on what’s going on. It was good to see him again, and I told him I hope everybody was healthy and gives him a chance to go onto the next game.”

• On if he noticed Manny Miles playing a few series at quarterback: “Not until it was too late. He was in two or three series, right? Somebody said they put another quarterback in, and I should’ve known it was Manny, but I just got so many other things going on in my brain that I didn’t pay attention to it. Then (Carter Stanley) came back in, who’s played really well this year which I told him after the game. He’s a good football player. We did a good job against him because he’s a good player. But I didn’t notice Manny being in there. I wish I would’ve paid attention and grabbed Manny after the game, but too many things going on.

“When Manny and my boys were little, they were running around like crazy. So, I’m happy for them. They’re a good family and good people.”

• The offensive line played well without watching the film.

• On Chuba’s workload: “LD (Brown) got (89 yards) for us, and Chuba was over five yards a carry. I would prefer that (Hubbard) is never more than 25 carries, so this is good for us to keep him going, keep him healthy. Over a season, those guys take so many hits. He’s at 126 yards. Last year we would’ve said he had a great day. This year it’s an average day for him but still a pretty good day.”

• On if there is pressure to allow Hubbard to get more yards for his Heisman resume: “Those discussions take plays all the time. Traditionally for us, it’s been the wideouts, right? Over the last six or eight years there’s a lot of games where we’re pretty far ahead, like today. We hadn’t been in this situation much this year. Every game’s been a battle. The discussion takes place. It’s a real gray area, and it’s a catch-22 because you try to pop him for another 40, then if he get’s hit, all of a sudden you’re not very smart because you need him for next week. Those discussions take place.

“I will say this for him: honestly I do not know what his total yards rushing are. At some point, the people who make the decision on who goes to New York have to say, how many guys in the country have rushed for, I’m guessing he’s going to at least rush for over 1,800, right? Pretty safe to say. So, how many guys in the country have rushed for over 1,800 yards at that point? Anybody know? How many guys will rush for over 1,800 yards? Versus how many quarterbacks will throw for 3,000? Thirty? I’m guessing, I don’t know because I don’t keep up with stats. I was driving home the other day, and I got to thinking about that. When you think about the comparison, let’s say he goes for 1,900. How many guys will rush for 1,900 yards in a Power Five conference? How many quarterbacks will throw for 3,500 or 4,000 at a Power Five conference school? Fifteen? There’s your answer. He deserves to be there.

“I can honestly say that for him because he’s a very humble, unselfish, hardworking young man. You know me, I don’t step out there much. We’re proud of what he’s done, but at some point, you have to look and say, ‘OK, is this a quarterback award? Or do running backs and other positions potentially get involved? Or is this just a quarterback award?’ If it’s just a quarterback award, I’m good. That’s my opinion. Everybody’s entitled to it, that’s my opinion.”

• On Spencer Sanders’ hurdle attempt: “Yeah, I’m not fired up about that. But I told you after (the Oregon State) game, remember I said I don’t want to take his stinger away. I don’t want to take his stinger away, but I kinda want to take his stinger away now. He’s gotta know better than that, but he’s very competitive, very emotional. That’s the way he is.”

• On how he thought his players handled chippy plays at the end of the game: “I complemented them. I thought they did a good, (Trace Ford) did a great job. I did not see it, but I was told that one of their players took a swing at him and a follow-up swing, and he didn’t swing back. There’s two things there. One, for a freshman, that’s having really good composure. And two, he knows it’s not going to hurt him. He’s got a helmet on. So what good does it do to swing back? It can’t hurt you. I was very proud of them. I thought our guys handled their self well. Teams get frustrated. When you’re behind, and you know the game’s out of reach, you get frustrated. It doesn’t do any good if our guys swing back. I addressed it with them. I told them I was proud of them the way they handled it.”

• OSU’s punters and kickers “weren’t very good” Saturday. Gundy said he still has confidence in Matt Ammendola despite his misses.

• On the military: “I don’t care if you’re city, country, white, black, democrat, republican, rich, poor, you support the people that go fight for this country. Period. Unless you wanna go fight yourself. I’m not tough enough to do it. There’s a lot of people and a lot of families that are effected by people that are willing to give their life up every day over there overseas. When we have a chance to support them and the Folds of Honor, the families, we’re all in. I asked the team, the team was all in.”

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