Savannah State has become one of the most well-known teams in all of college football for all the wrong reasons. Last Saturday, Oklahoma State beat the Tigers by an embarrassing score of 84-0. That final has resulted in the widest point spread in college football history, as Florida State is favored by an astonishing 70.5 points against Savannah State this weekend. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy insists his team was not trying to embarrass their opponents — they simply couldn’t help it.
“Well, we didn’t run up the score,” Gundy said during an interview with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix on Wednesday. “We took most of our starters out in the first quarter. So we did everything we could to keep the score down. It was a tough situation for everybody. … But, we did the best we could to keep the game in check.
“That’s why, we’re a no-huddle team. We tried to manufacture a way to huddle up and use the clock and break out at a certain time and then just ran the same plays, basically, over and over and over. We ended up scoring and really not even attempting to.”
It may sound crazy, but there really is only so much a coach can do. Taking a knee for the entire second half would be the only way for Oklahoma State to not score against a team as horrible as Savannah State, and that would be even more insulting. Gundy may have a history of showing he despises his opponents, but I highly doubt he was trying to humiliate the Tigers. After all, you can’t just take a handoff and run backward with it.
Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview