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Mike Gundy Non-Committal on Starting QB in Next Game

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy seemed non-committal on whether Alan Bowman would be his starting quarterback in the Cowboys’ next game.

Before Saturday’s game, Oklahoma State’s pre-game show reported that Bowman would play the entire game against Iowa State. After the game, Gundy indicated there was never a thought of pulling Bowman from the game.


Bowman went 23-of-48 for 278 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cowboys’ 34-27 Big 12-opening loss to Iowa State.

So, what about Oklahoma State’s next game against Kansas State in two weeks? Will Bowman start then.

“Uh, I can’t give you that answer right now,” Gundy said after Saturday’s game.

Gundy used a rotation of three quarterbacks against Central Arkansas, Arizona State, and South Alabama, with Bowman, sophomore Gunnar Gundy, and freshman Garret Rangel, in an attempt to find his starter for the rest of the season.

One might have hoped that installing Bowman as the quarterback for the Iowa State game and sticking with him the entire game was a positive sign that the Cowboys had found their man. Even Gundy said after the game that Bowman “practiced really well and we thought he gave us a good chance in this game.”

Instead, it was Rocco Becht of Iowa State that put up Oklahoma State-type offensive numbers. He threw for 348 yards on 27-of-38 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the victory.

Those are the kinds of numbers that Gundy is hoping for out of his quarterback and isn’t getting yet. Oklahoma State has a bye week to figure all of that out. Then, the Cowboys host Kansas State on Friday, October 6th.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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