The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Sports

November 26, 2012

OSU looks to avoid a letdown at Baylor

STILLWATER, Okla. —  To a man, Oklahoma State football players insisted Monday they were focused on the Cowboys’ next opponent, Baylor. That doesn’t mean it has been easy to put aside the disappointment of two days earlier.

Oklahoma State never trailed Oklahoma until the final play of overtime, losing 51-48 on Saturday in the annual Bedlam game. Then, as the Cowboys exited Owen Field, they witnessed a raucous celebration by the Sooners and their fans, the type of outburst usually reserved for a win in a big bowl game or over long-time rival Texas.

“They should have been celebrating,” running back Joseph Randle said. “You should celebrate when you get lucky. We feel like they got lucky and, you know, they won the game and we lost, so they deserved to celebrate that win.”

Randle said the way the Sooners celebrated “means that they felt like they should have lost coming into the game. You know, regardless of rankings and all of that different stuff, they didn’t think they were going to come in there and just blow us out. I guarantee you that. We felt like we was going to blow them out, honestly. I felt like, ‘This was going to be easy.’ But it is what it is. We lost. They won. Congratulations.”

Instead of the usual Sunday routine, coach Mike Gundy allowed his players to watch comedy clips of their choice “and they laughed for a long time” before settling in to view game film and start prepping for the game at Baylor (6-5, 3-5 Big 12).

“The good thing about college football is you have to get right back at it, whether you feel like it or not,” Gundy said. “Our team came over last night and spent some time together, and spirits were good by the time they left the facility.”

Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3) will play its eighth game in as many weeks, and Gundy said his players — and coaches —  needed the mental break. He said losing to Oklahoma was harder on him and the coaching staff that it was on the players.

“It starts with us,” Gundy said. “I’m not even scared to say that that was the first thing that we discussed in our staff meeting yesterday, was that we have to get over it first, and then we have to make sure the players understand, which they do, that if they don’t practice well tomorrow, it takes about 30 percent of our chance away from winning on Saturday.”

That doesn’t mean it’s easy.

“I never get over it,” Gundy said. “I’m going to wake up three years from now talking about, or thinking about, this game. Just like I do the Holiday Bowl, just like I did the Cotton Bowl, just like the Texas game from this year. That never really goes away.”

For their part, players said they need to play well against Baylor, which has won three of its past four games. During the past two weeks, the Bears knocked off then-No. 2 Kansas State 52-24, then beat Texas Tech 52-45 in overtime.

Behind quarterback Nick Florence, Baylor averages 575.5 yards per game of offense, tops in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is second at 547.9 yards per game. But while the Cowboys are fifth in total defense, Baylor is last in the conference in that category, surrendering an average of 509.7 yards per game.

Oklahoma State has won six straight and 15 of its past 16 games against Baylor, including a 59-24 romp last year, during which the Cowboys effectively controlled the Bears’ eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, and jumped to a 42-0 lead. Oklahoma State held Griffin without a touchdown pass.

“The challenges with Baylor are going to be the same as it’s been the last few weeks,” linebacker Shaun Lewis said. “We’ve been playing some of the top offenses in the country the past month, and the expectation is the same. We want to limit the run game and make them one-dimensional. We know Coach is going to come up with a great game plan this week.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Majors fall Majors stumble late, fall to regional losers' bracket

    Cherry Creek, Colo., broke out for six runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 come-from-behind victory over the Enid Majors in the first round of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bob Stoops Sooners, as usual, managing expectations

    High hopes are always attached to Oklahoma and this year is no different with the Sooners entering the 2014 season as a consensus pick to reach the first College Football Playoff.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mike Gundy Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Charlie Strong Texas’ Strong prefers not talking national title

    Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn’t be in the national championship game.
    The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A new ACC? New ACC settles into era of stability

    Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference.
    It’s where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too — sort of — and nobody else is leaving.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Devonte Fields TCU’s Fields investigated for alleged assault

    TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Minors lose in first round

    Wren Perry and Garrett Scudder combined for a two-hitter as the D-Bats Gallegos of Dallas run-ruled the Enid Minors 8-0 in six innings in the first round of the South Plains Regional Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 22, 2014

  • Radio-TV for 7-23-14

    July 22, 2014

  • Baseballpicture.jpg Majors open regional with Cherry Creek

    The Enid Majors (36-12) enter the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tournament today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark coming off one of their best seasons in the past few years. Now, the pressure is on as they face Cherry Creek, Colo.,at 8:15 tonight.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Enid Event Center_28_BV.jpg Ballpark to observe Military Appreciation Night

    David Allen Memorial Ballpark hosts Military Appreciation Night tonight during the 6 and 8:15 games of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tournament.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Click here for NASCAR headlines
Sports Photos


Enid News & Eagle sports photos from the month of February 2014. Enjoy all the ENE photos with full access at http://enidnews.smugmug.com.