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Week of busts, rust, but Cowboys keep calm

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It was a week of postponement, Big 12 struggles and keeping composure.

On Labor Day, when the much-awaited home opener was postponed, there was a sense in the air of COVID-19 already affecting Cowboy football.

“I saw it on the TV, and then I started telling everybody and that’s when they started posting about it,” Wallace said.

It was a crazy week of college football in the Big 12, most notably Brock Purdy and the Iowa State Cyclones falling to Louisiana by 17 points. The Kansas State Wildcats with Skylar Thompson under center went down by four against Arkansas State. And the Kansas Jayhawks lost by 15 against Coastal Carolina.

But the Cowboys are just focusing on their own game to not fall down that same path.

“My concern is my team facing Tulsa,” Sanders said. “I know that’s probably what you hear out of everybody, but honestly, my goal right now is Tulsa.”

Sanders was into the games last weekend, but now, the mission is another story.

“Obviously, I want to beat the other teams too, it was good watching them, but I was just watching football.”

There are also some unknowns about the Cowboys season when it comes to injuries.

While there’s a lot of uncertainty on the field for everyone, coach Mike Gundy feels comfortable about the state of his roster if something were to happen.

How? The depth of the roster.

“In a season with some uncertainty based on the direction that the players could go with the virus is that when you have more mature players that have competed in game-like situations, as a coach you feel more comfortable,” Gundy said.

Gundy also touched on the iffy part of football with playing inexperienced guys.

“I don’t think that any of us feel comfortable as coaches whenever we send guys out on the field that haven’t played at this level for the first time,” Gundy said. “We shouldn’t have many guys out there this year on the defensive side of the ball that are in that position.”

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