STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) —
“We want to be aggressive. We want to run to the ball on defense and we want to hit, because if you’re not, then you’re not going to be any good anyway. But, we have to be smart.”
The part of the loss that was hardest for the team to take was all of the self-destructive mistakes.
“It hurts more when you get embarrassed like that,” Bassett said. “To give up 59 points and just play as bad as we did on the road like that, it is embarrassing. You feel bad because you let down yourselves, your teammates, your coaches and the fans. The one good thing we can pull out of that is it made everyone mad and embarrassed everybody, and so everybody’s going to be focused this week and hopefully the rest of the season to not like something like that happen again.”
Louisiana-Lafayette will be facing Oklahoma State for the third straight season, after taking a lead into halftime of a 54-28 loss at home two years ago and dropping a 61-34 decision in Stillwater in the 2011 season opener. That was Mark Hudspeth’s first game as coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“Our kids love playing in a big-time atmosphere,” Hudspeth said. “We don’t want to go somewhere and play in front of 12 to 15,000 people. We want to play in front of a big-time crowd like we had at Cajun Field or a big-time crowd like we’re going to have this Saturday at Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Nevertheless we’ve been in that environment, so hopefully it won’t be anything different than it was last year, other than us hopefully playing a little bit better.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns got two touchdowns off of interception returns against Brandon Weeden in last year’s visit to Boone Pickens Stadium, but still gave up 666 yards of total offense and couldn’t keep up.