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What Gundy, Knowles, Yurcich Said After OSU’s Season-Opening Win



Mike Gundy, Mike Yurcich and Jim Knowles addressed the media on Thursday night following OSU’s 58-17 win over Missouri State to open the 2018 season.

Gundy was happy to pocket the W, but used the word average often. Yurcich was pleased overall — and who wouldn’t be with that running back group — and Knowles was as peachy as ever, as he raved about the gameday experience and more.

Hear what they had to say below.

Mike Gundy opening statement

“It was a good win for us. We played good at times, we played sloppy at times. Obviously, our running backs run really well. Up front, I thought we were average at best. I thought that Taylor (Cornelius) was average at best. And we turned the ball over too much, I think we had two turnovers, both of them were close to inside the 30-yard line going in, we can’t do that.”

“Defensively we played pretty well. We got out of our gap twice and gave up two really long runs. Other than that we were pretty good overall defensively. So it was good for us. Too many penalties on special teams–got to get that cleaned up. We can’t set ourselves back with penalty yards. Seven-for-55 is way too many. So it’s good to get started, get out there, kind of get a feel for where we’re at. Let them come in tomorrow, grade the tape and get ready for the next one.”

Gundy on Cornelius

“I just thought he missed too many throws. In my head I thought he missed six throws that normally he hits. His mentality I thought was good, he just missed some throws. Twice he threw the ball down the middle and it should’ve been picked off and he threw the ball down here and got it picked off. And then he just missed some throws.”

“Everyone’s going to have to be patient with him. I knew that he would have some jitters and fire the ball out there at times and miss some throws. I was fairly certain that would happen. That’s why I said everyone’s just going to have to be patient with him and let him work through some things. Early Mason (Rudolph) did too. His first year, he played in the bowl game and against OU and Baylor, he missed a lot of throws in the first few games. A lot of times that happens with young players. He should get better. ”

Mike Yurcich on Cornelius

“He made some clutch plays, he showed his mobility, but I think Taylor could have played without a little more hesitation. He was a little bit tentative today, but that is to be expected.”

“Well, I think you have to play to the quarterback’s strengths. Whatever he does well, we have to continue to do and continue to build his confidence.”

Jim Knowles on his new situation

“I had some nerves, I had some butterflies. I thought getting out and seeing the crowd, I thought that was really helpful to me because it was great to be in a place with all that support. It just makes you feel so much better and energized.”

Knowles on any surprises he saw

“No. Definitely at the beginning, I thought it was going to plan. We were dominating the game…I thought it was going well. It was all going according to plan. I think they made some plays and I think our guys let up a little and I think their quarterback, he was gritty. He was the guy that made some plays against us, so give him some credit too.”

Knowles on Cornelius

“Corndog, he is a strong arm, confident, you can’t fool him a whole lot. He reminds me a lot of Eli Manning when we used to go against him at Ole Miss. Every defense has a hole and Corndog is good at finding that hole. Eli was the same way.”

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