OSU coach Mike Gundy: Goal-line stand won game
STILLWATER — After having a day to reflect and watch game tape, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy made sure to point out to his team what he saw as the deciding moment of OSU’s 20-13 victory at West Virginia on Saturday.
It wasn’t the defense’s clutch plays in the final minutes when West Virginia had reached the OSU 19 with a chance to tie the game.
It was the goal-line stand two quarters earlier, when West Virginia was inches shy of a touchdown and OSU stopped quarterback sneaks on two consecutive plays.
“That’s what won the game,” Gundy said in his weekly Monday press conference. “I don't ever remember seeing the ball that close to the goal line, and both teams lined up and both their helmets were essentially over the goal line — both sides and it looked like a pure rugby scrum. You had 20 guys piled up in a pile, and fighting and scratching and pulling guys back. And it happened twice.”
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Prior to a third attempt by the Mountaineer offense, it was flagged for illegal motion. OSU defensive lineman Trace Ford knocked down a pass attempt on third-and-goal from the 6 and West Virginia kicked a field goal.
“That’s when the game was won right there. And it was very well done. And I made note of that last night with the team.”