Oklahoma and Texas meet with perfect records

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 3 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

He was ecstatic to have a chance to give the Cowboys extra television exposure, though he missed spending time with his family on a Saturday when his team wasn't playing.

"I couldn't put a number on what that would be worth from our standpoint, marketing for not only the football program, but for Oklahoma State University," he said.

He enjoyed the gig, but don't look for Gundy to try to move into the arena full time when his coaching career is done.

"When I watch them I have a greater respect ... it isn't easy to do what those guys do," he said of the ESPN personalities he worked with. "I don't know that I have a lot of interest in that, but it was a great experience. "


HOW GOOD IS GRIFFIN?: Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham filled in for coach Paul Rhoads on the weekly Big 12 coaches call on Monday because of a scheduling conflict, and spent most of his time raving about Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Cyclones face Baylor this week after losing to the Longhorns last Saturday. The Bears are coming off a one-point loss to Kansas State.

"He's a great, great athlete standing back there," Burnham said. "He's just got great touch. He knows where he wants to go with the ball and he does a good job of getting it there. "

Griffin is off to a great start this season and has thrown for 1,308 yards and 18 touchdowns with an 82.3 percent completion mark. His only interception of the season came last week and set up Kansas State's game-winning field goal.

Burnham said he can't remember the last time he saw a quarterback who could throw the way Griffin does.

"It just looks like he's throwing it to a spot and those wide receivers run to the football," Burnham said. "That's a deadly combination for any defense to have to face. He's got a tremendous arm. We were watching him (on film) and he threw a ball off his back foot 65 yards down the field. That tells you something about what the strength of his arm is."

Baylor coach Art Briles thinks Griffin's success this season is partly because it's the first time he's been able to play in consecutive seasons after he suffered a season-ending knee injury early in 2009.

"This is really the first time he's played back-to-back years," Briles said. "So just being able to be out on a consistent basis is one thing, along with experience. Now he's developed a lot of experience."

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