November 28, 2012

OSU has to bounce back quickly as Baylor waits


That would be the final score to the last two times Oklahoma State has played Baylor if they combined the games into one.
That combined score for Baylor still wouldn't beat the Cowboy's total from either of the two games, yet this year might be different.

The Bears are only 6-5, yet they're coming off of two big wins against teams most would say they had no business beating.

First came a huge 52-24 victory over the top-ranked Kansas State Wildcats two weeks ago in Waco, something that everyone knew could happen, but no one expected. Next was a 52-45 overtime win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Cowboys Stadium, and while it was a little more believable, it certainly wasn't expected either.

So here the Bears sit, as dangerous as ever and ready to pounce on a Cowboy team that limps into the contest after suffering wounds against the Oklahoma Sooners.

"I don't think there's any question it's a challenge for us as coaches and players that we recover," head coach Mike Gundy said. "It starts with us. We have to get over it first, and then we have to make sure our players understand, which they do.
"This is a mature group and they've been in enough games."

The overtime loss to the Sooners was crushing, as the Cowboys had to walk off the field while watching their hated rivals celebrate their victory for ten minutes with their fans.

In the past, it could've been fatal for an Oklahoma State team that isn't used to losing, but this year's squad is more equipped. They're up to four losses on the year now, the most regular-season losses suffered by a Cowboy squad since their 6-6 year in 2007.

With the experience, they know how to get past it, even if it was a loss in their biggest game of the season.

"It took just yesterday," offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. "You have to watch the film with your players, so you think you're beyond the game. Then you go back and watch the film. Some other stuff ticks you off. It always stings. It's never going to be like any other game. It wasn't like any game I have ever had here. That one's going to sting a whole lot more than others, but it's time to move on."

Moving on is the name of the game, and ahead of them is the nation's third-ranked passing offense, powered by BU quarterback Nick Florence and stud receiver Terrance Williams.

Oklahoma State will try to counter it with the duo of their own in Clint Chelf and Josh Stewart, but that may not be enough. The key to Baylor's win over Kansas State was their run game, which flourishes because of their ability to pass. It's the same approach Oklahoma State has, and with extremely similar styles, we could be in for a wild one in Waco.

"We're preparing just like we would prepare for the best team in the nation," Stewart said. "We're just going to take it play by play and see what they do. Then, we'll just go from there and listen to our coaches.
We're going to try and make pthe plays that they teach us how to do so they transfer over to Saturday. If we can just be coachable, we'll be okay."

Oklahoma State kicks off with Baylor on Saturday at 11 a.m. The game is set to be televised on FX.

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