OSU Continues To Win Close Games, And Mike Gundy Says That’s No Accident

first_imgI’m not sure it’s necessarily been “fun” to watch the way eating ice cream is fun or catching fish is fun, but Oklahoma State has now won 11 of its last 12 games that have been decided by less than 10 points. It doesn’t seem sustainable, and yet … it kind of has been over the last few years.It did so again on Saturday in Stillwater as it took down Texas Tech 45-44.Head coach Mike Gundy explains why he thinks this is happening.“No fear, no frustration and no fatigue is what we talk about,” said Gundy after the game. “Truthfully, I talk to the players about the core values and the accountability we have in our program. I wish I could give you and X’s and O’s, or say that I could give a Vince Lombardi pregame and halftime speech.“I think it’s the overall concept of our program. It’s our nutrition, it’s our sleep method that we use, it’s our strength training. I think that at the end of the games, we’re somewhat fresh. I know they scored at the end of the fourth quarter, but we got more pressure on (Mahomes) in the end of the fourth quarter than we did the entire game.”This is true. Justin Phillips got a monster sack in the fourth quarter, and Mahomes was hanging on for dear life on the final drive. “I think there is some truth to them believing in themselves makes a big difference. When you start to win over a period of years, you feel like you’re going to win,” added Gundy. “Your mind is much more powerful than the physical part of your body, and we believe in that, so they just play hard and I’m proud of them.“I told them in the locker room that it’s fun for me to sit back and cross my arms and watch them play, even though the games are exciting and pressure-packed. It’s fun to watch them. They like being around each other, they’re good young men, they play hard, and as a coach, what more could you ask for? Nothing.”What more could you ask for as a fan?! I’ve gotten burned about this before, but I don’t care. As a simple consumer of college football, being an OSU fan is more fun than being an Alabama fan. It just is. Does Alabama play in more big games? Sure. But Oklahoma State plays more fun ones week in and week out.We can discuss whether that’s actually what you want as a college football program, but what isn’t up for debate is that every Saturday is a thrill until the very end.“Gundy preaches it to us all the time,” Washington told the Tulsa World. “Right before practice is over, we’ll do a little fourth-quarter deal. That’s really just separates us from different teams, I feel like. In the fourth quarter I feel like we’re still playing just as hard as we were the first through the third.”OSU actually didn’t score in the fourth quarter on Saturday (if I had told you that before the game, you would have though horrendous things, right?), but it probably would have if not for taking a knee at the very end.What are the responses of other staff members over all this end-of-game consternation? Assistant coach Mike Yurcich needs a cigarette and Glenn Spencer continues to preach love and trust.Far and away the 2 best answers on how #OKState wins close games. Gold from Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer. pic.twitter.com/h4K8iLB8BI— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 13, 2016It really is an amazing time to be an OSU fan, even when it doesn’t feel like it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more