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September 7, 2013

Gundy faces old mentor in return trip to Lone Star state

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“This is the most talented team we’ve played since I’ve been here,” Coker said. “I want this to be a fun week for our players, staff and fans. It’s kind of a bowl atmosphere as far as getting a team like Oklahoma State down here.

“The fact that Oklahoma State wants to play here says a lot for our city and our fans. I want our guys to enjoy this experience. It’s all about us and all about our players. It is a big week for us.”

But Coker also conceded that there’s obviously another reason why Gundy and his coaching staff would like to visit the Alamo City — it’s yet another hot bed for recruiting in Texas.

“I think the reason is because of the locale. It is San Antonio, it is the Alamodome and it is recruiting,” the UTSA coach said. “They do a great job at recruiting Texas and I think they want to continue that. I don’t think that our relationship has anything to do with it.”

As for when the two teams step onto the field, the Roadrunners are looking to use their momentum from the season opener — in which they went 99 yards for a game-clinching drive at New Mexico — to possibly pull what would be the greatest upset in the program’s short existence.

“The really good teams I’ve been around have been able to run the football, and we’re going to be able to do that. They’re very big and physical up front,” Coker said. “We’re going to challenge our offensive line and running backs to establish the run.”

Jason Elmquist is the sports editor of the Stillwater NewsPress.

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