STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — For most of the players on Oklahoma State’s team, the feeling of getting blown out in a college football game was unfamiliar until just last week.
The Cowboys (1-1) rode the highs of the best season in the program’s history a year ago, winning the school’s first Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl. When a road trip to Arizona in Week 2 resulted in a 21-point blowout, it was a brand new experience for many.
Oklahoma State hadn’t lost by more than 10 points since the final game of the 2009 regular season, at Oklahoma. That makes Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0) a test of resiliency and focus after a sloppy effort that included four turnovers, a handful of dropped passes and a school record 167 penalty yards.
“It’s sad to say after the second game of the season that you’ve got to get refocused, but it’s something we’re going to get done,” defensive end Cooper Bassett said. “Without a doubt, our coaches and our leaders are going to make sure that we do everything we can to get back on the right track.”
Coach Mike Gundy blamed a number of factors, including a hangover from an 84-0 blowout of Savannah State in the opener and a series of extremely hot days, for dragging down the Cowboys’ preparations for Arizona. In the day and a half after the loss, he said he had as many meeting with individual players as he can remember in his career.
He challenged receiver Tracy Moore, who caught four touchdown passes, to be a better leader. He asked defensive tackle Calvin Barnett to clean up his play after drawing three 15-yard personal foul penalties.
And generally, he asked for better play.
“Coaches don’t make bold predictions, but we’re not going to play that way. I don’t see how we can,” Gundy said. “We’re not good enough to overcome those situations. I’m not sure if we were good enough last year to overcome 15 (penalties) for 167 (yards) and four turnovers with the guys we had on offense last year that are starters in the NFL. So, we’re certainly not good enough this year.