Faced with a similar situation in 2011, Mike Gundy called a different kill play. It worked.
In the wake of Saturday’s botched loss to Central Michigan, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy released a statement Sunday stating, essentially, he’d like to move on to Pittsburgh and not take any further questions.
Which is fine. The result’s not changing -- even if it should.
But there is one question on this imbroglio I’d like to see asked and answered: when did Oklahoma State change its kill play, and why?
In 2011, Gundy’s seventh-ranked Cowboys went to College Station to face No. 8 Texas A&M. It was the biggest game at Kyle Field in decades, and Oklahoma State was going to win. The Pokes led 30-27. They had the ball near midfield. All they had to do was kill the final five seconds.
Back then, Gundy called an entirely different kill play.
Given the simplicity and effectiveness of “snap the ball to your fastest guy and don’t you dare cough it up,” it’s a wonder why Oklahoma State ever changed.
If they hadn’t, Oklahoma State would be 2-0 and still ranked.