Notre Dame will attempt to end their streak of losses in major bowl games and turn the tides of their luck in the Fiesta Bowl as they’ve fallen in their last four trips to the game.
Will Marcus Freeman’s first game as head coach be the end of the difficult streak for Notre Dame and will the Irish win their first major bowl game since January of 1994?
If so, they’ll have to get through one of the best defenses in the nation in Oklahoma State. Here are some things and people to be familiar with in regards to the Cowboys:
Mike Gundy is still a man but now 54
Nov 27, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Tay Martin (1) makes a catch along the Oklahoma Sooners sideline during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State won 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Jaylen Warren (7) during the fourth quarter agains the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State Cowboys won 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike Gundy is the same Mike Gundy that quarterbacked Oklahoma State in the late-eighties. At the time of his graduation he was the all-time leading passer in Big 8 history.
His coaching career is most-known for his “I’m a man, I’m 40!” rant back in 2007 but the man with perhaps what is currently the most distinct haircut in college football, has had great success at Oklahoma State.
Since taking over for Les Miles in 2005, Gundy has gone 148-69 overall. He also led Oklahoma State to a 2011 Big 12 Championship and Fiesta Bowl crown. Overall the Cowboys have gone 10-5 in bowl games under Gundy with this being their 16th straight season qualifying for one.
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