STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy carried a soccer into his postgame information convention and set it down away from the rostrum.
It wasn’t a typical sport ball.
The brown-and-white ball sported three photos of Gundy on the lone white panel with the No. 150 prominently displayed.
It was a memento for a milestone achieved within the Eleventh-ranked Cowboys’ 58-44 win over Central Michigan on Thursday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
One sport into his 18th season main OSU, Gundy earned his a hundred and fiftieth profession victory.
“Like I instructed the workforce, it takes plenty of actually, actually high quality individuals and good younger males for a man to remain in a single place lengthy sufficient to win 150 video games,” Gundy stated. “I’m simply fortunate sufficient to be alongside for the trip. That’s fairly cool.”
After the sport, Gundy acquired the soccer in a locker-room presentation by athletic director Chad Weiberg.
Weiberg, usually reserved himself, knew the presentation would embarrass Gundy.
However Gundy nonetheless appreciated the gesture.
“He had good issues to say about me,” Gundy stated. “However actually the reality is it is a large operation, about 190 individuals. Over a interval of years, that’s what it takes.
“We’ve got an excellent group. We’ve got 127 guys they usually’re good guys. They’re good, high quality individuals, they do nicely at school, they work onerous and there’s no manner that would happen with no entire bunch of individuals.”
Gundy’s profession report is now 150-69. He took over his alma mater in 2005, his lone shedding season.
Give the Cowboys’ protection a passing grade
New defensive coordinator Derek Mason noticed plenty of room for enchancment in an up-and-down night time.
And if he had been giving out a grade, the Cowboys simply barely obtained by.
“It’s a C,” Mason stated. “It’s passing. It’s not nowhere close to what this group is able to.”
The Cowboys confirmed flashes of what Mason expects.
They held Central Michigan to simply 15 factors within the opening half whereas utilizing a plethora of gamers. However the Chippewas discovered success within the air within the second half, compiling 232 of their 281 yards by means of the air.
And so they made issues fairly fascinating.
OSU led 51-15 simply 37 seconds into the third quarter. Central Michigan narrowed the hole to 14 with 3:15 remaining within the sport.
“As a protection, we all know that we should not have allow them to rating 44 factors,” OSU security Kendal Daniels stated. “However on the finish of the day, we received the sport.”
Total, the Cowboys consider the errors are all correctable.
That begins with communication. OSU’s again seven gamers are primarily experiencing their first prolonged motion.
However Mason additionally realized the Cowboys missed a chance to place the sport away. And he hoped his gamers realized from that.
“In addition they relaxed and that’s what occurs while you’re nonetheless looking for your id,” Mason stated. “You’re younger so you must keep hungry, you must preserve attacking, and I realized some issues about who we’re too.
“I’ve to proceed to let these guys hunt. I don’t suppose I pulled them again, however we’ve to proceed to maintain coming after individuals. I feel that’s what’s going to assist this younger group whereas they develop up. It’s about understanding end the kill.”
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Braydon Johnson’s large night time
Braydon Johnson struggled to elucidate the feelings he felt as he took the sector.
Pleasure. Gratefulness. Delight.
Practically a yr after he performed his final sport, the Cowboys’ veteran receiver returned to the sector. And he made probably the most of his alternative.
Johnson caught six passes for 133 yards, each profession bests. He additionally scored a landing, a 13-yard reception from Spencer Sanders early within the second quarter for a 23-7 benefit.
“It’s been a very long time,” Johnson stated. “I missed it. It simply felt nice to be again on the market. I really feel so blessed, man.”
Johnson spent the ultimate 13 video games final season away from the workforce. He used that point to enhance.
“Final yr was an enormous, large expertise for me simply in the truth that I obtained to do plenty of self realization,” Johnson stated. “I obtained to be on my own so much. I put collectively a plan, understood what I needed to do and I obtained again right here by God’s will.”
Kendal Daniels snags first interception
OSU security Kendal Daniels was the discuss of camp, whether or not it was his 6-foot-4 body or simply his pure expertise.
He was even projected to start out.
Although he didn’t begin — Sean Michael Flanagan obtained the nod — Daniels put collectively a dominant efficiency.
He led the Cowboys with 11 complete tackles, matching linebacker Mason Cobb’s complete. Daniels additionally had a sort out for a loss.
And he snagged his first-career interception, stepping in entrance of Daniel Richardson’s move within the third.
It was a second Daniels envisioned.
“As a result of my first highschool sport I obtained an interception,” Daniels stated. “Every thing simply comes round.”
Jaden Bray, Blaine Inexperienced miss sport
Paying homage to final season, the Cowboys had been with out a few pass-catchers who doubtless would have been starters.
Tight finish Blaine Inexperienced was not anticipated to play on account of a wrist harm suffered early in preseason camp. Receiver Jaden Bray was additionally out with an undisclosed harm.
No timetable was recognized for the return of both participant.
Different notable absences included backup linebacker Jeff Roberson (foot), who Gundy introduced final week was out for the season, and backup operating again Deondre Jackson. The redshirt sophomore tweeted on Wednesday that he wouldn’t be enjoying due to a transcript challenge following his switch from Texas A&M over the summer season.
Tight finish Jake Schultz was additionally not anticipated to play, however he in the end suited up. The walk-on from Prague who transformed from defensive finish caught his first-career move for 13 yards.
Finish of the Central Michigan contract
What felt like a endless sequence is lastly reaching its conclusion.
The contract between OSU and Central Michigan was initially agreed to by the colleges in June of 2011 and included three video games to be performed between 2015-18.
However the remaining sport of the sequence was in the end moved to this season, finishing the contract with Thursday night time’s season opener.
As a part of the contract, Central Michigan paid OSU $250,000 for the 2015 sport at Mount Nice, Michigan, and OSU paid the identical quantity to Central Michigan for the 2016 sport in Stillwater.
For Thursday’s sport, OSU paid Central Michigan $600,000.
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