Oklahoma State Cowboys looking forward to bye week after SI allegations, before West Virginia game

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- It isn't often a team coming off a 59-3 win talks about needing to utilize its upcoming bye week to improve, but for No. 12 Oklahoma State, their blowout victory over Lamar wasn't exactly a work of art.

With the Cowboys (3-0) getting next week off before starting Big 12 Conference play on Sept. 28 at West Virginia, they are eager to rest, regroup and resolve some issues that need to be cleaned up.

Even factoring in the controversy surrounding Oklahoma State this week after the Sports Illustrated series came out detailing allegations of improprieties with the football program between 2001 and 2011, the performance against a clearly inferior FCS opponent was somewhat sloppy at times.

SPECIAL SECTION: Analysis, reaction from former players and Oklahoma State, video, photos and links to the SI reports can be found at www.kjrh.com/osureport.

With the first of four idle Saturdays this season, coach Mike Gundy plans to take advantage of some additional practice time, while also allowing players a chance to heal up a bit before the meat of the Cowboys' schedule comes up.

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