The Cale Gundy Era Began 32 Years Ago With a Bang... and the 'Cale Mary'

 The Cale Gundy Era Began 32 Years Ago With a Bang... and the 'Cale Mary'

The Cale Gundy Era Began 32 Years Ago With a Bang... and the 'Cale Mary'

Cale Gundy's tenure at Oklahoma lasted 32 years, 27 college football seasons, 353 games, and a slew of high-profile recruits.


It all started with one of the Sooners' most celebrated homegrown recruits of all time: Gundy.


Gundy, the OU receivers coach who resigned unexpectedly late Sunday night following an apparently racially charged incident during a team meeting last week, was the most coveted high school player in Oklahoma when he signed with the Sooners out of Midwest City High School in 1990, and was a top-five national quarterback recruit at the time.

Gundy, a two-sport star who also played baseball for the Sooners, had a dramatic coming out party in Norman midway through his true freshman year.


With the program on NCAA probation following the resignation of Barry Switzer following the 1988 season, Gundy could have followed his big brother Mike to Oklahoma State.


But Mike, a former Cowboy who set numerous Big Eight Conference records, had previously (and strongly) considered becoming a Sooner. Cale happily donned the Crimson and Cream after a quick drive down Sooner Road when Gary Gibbs offered him a scholarship.

When his career began, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Gundy wasn't quite ready for college football, but it didn't take long for him to adjust.


After filling in for sophomore Steve Collins in non-conference wins over UCLA, Pitt, and Tulsa (completing 7-of-18 passes for 66 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions), Gundy sat the bench against Kansas — the only game in his career in which he was healthy but did not play.


The legend of Cale Gundy was born the following week, with big brother Mike watching from the sidelines as an OSU coach.

As halftime approached and the Cowboys led 14-7, Gundy was brought off the bench to run the Sooners' two-minute offense.


On fourth-and-6, Gundy hit tight end Adrian Cooper with a bomb, who made a leaping catch and powered over the goal line as time expired.


Magic coming sooner? Nope, only the "Cale Mary."


Gundy finished 6-of-10 for 119 yards and his first career touchdown in a 31-17 Bedlam rout.

Gundy finished the Red River Rivalry by completing 3-of-6 passes for 51 yards and orchestrating a 51-yard drive in the final two minutes that set up a game-winning field goal attempt. R.D. Lashar's 46-yard field goal, however, went wide left, and Texas held on for a 14-13 victory.


Gundy made his first career start in the Sooners' next game against Iowa State, but he was once again unsuccessful.

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