Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews
KU coach Turner Gill
Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 70-28 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 8, 2011.
Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said pulling quarterback Brandon Weeden with three minutes left in the second quarter wasn’t meant to be a slight against Kansas.
The Cowboys went on to defeat the Jayhawks, 70-28, on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“We were ahead far enough to where there was no reason to leave him in the game, and we could take everybody out,” Gundy said. “I like (KU coach) Turner Gill and I’ve met him. Not that we have to give mercy to anybody, but there’s no reason to leave him and (receiver Justin) Blackmon and those guys in when we’re ahead by — I don’t even know how many touchdowns we were ahead by.”
OSU actually was ahead 49-7 at the time, though backup quarterback Clint Chelf led the Cowboys to a touchdown on their final drive of the half to make it 56-7.
“I've never had to pull a quarterback that early,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “But I have been on the other end where the other team's quarterback came out really early and it didn't feel real good. Everything just kind of happened to make it go that way.”
Weeden certainly was productive during his limited time out there.
The senior completed 24 of 28 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns.
His 85.7 percent completion percentage also set a new OSU single-game mark (minimum 20 attempts).
“That is one record that I will look at and take a lot of pride in,” Weeden said. “That means I'm being efficient, making good reads, making accurate throws and doing the right thing.
“ ... I want to be almost perfect. I was pretty close today.”
OSU continued throwing in the third quarter, even with a significant lead.
Chelf completed 14 of 21 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
It was the first time ever that two Cowboys quarterbacks threw for at least 200 yards in the same game.
“It’s hard for us to just run it because that’s not what we do,” Gundy said. “In the last four minutes, we just put two backs in and ran it up the middle. Other than that, we have to run our offense. It’s only fair to those guys to go in there and execute the plays that they’ve practiced for two months.”
OSU’s 70 points were the most allowed by a Div. I defense this year.
Also, eight different players scored for the Cowboys.
“A lot of young men that give a lot to our football team had a chance to get out there and play in front of their moms and dads,” Gundy said. “That’s really a neat day and they get a big kick out of that, so overall, it was a good day for us.”