This Team Believes In One Another

Justin Blackmon didn't even need to watch because he already knew what was going to happen.

The Cowboys' star receiver took off his helmet and sat on the bench behind his teammates, obstructing his view of the field. There was one second left and Kansas State was knocking at the door with a chance to tie.

"I didn't even need to see it," Blackmon said.

That's because he had faith in OSU's defense. And after the final second rolled off the clock as a Collin Klein pass fell harmlessly into the far right corner of the west end zone, Blackmon's faith was rewarded as the No. 3 Cowboys pulled out a wild and hard-fought 52-45 victory against the No. 14 Wildcats.

The Cowboy bench mobbed its defense in the end zone to cap a celebration of one of the most memorable games to be played in Stillwater in recent years.

OSU's national title aspirations are as alive as ever and it is virtually guaranteed to rise to No. 2 in the BCS rankings Sunday night. Reason being? This team is unflappable. But there were numerous occasions where angst could have reared its ugly head in front of a Boone Pickens Stadium record crowd of 58,895.

The Cowboys lost the turnover battle 4-to-2, all four coming from team leaders Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.

OSU couldn't stop the run.

KSU quarterback Collin Klein channeled his inner Michael Bishop.

The list could go on from there but in the end it didn't matter.

Things went far from perfect for the Cowboys on Saturday night but, by the time the dust settled, the Pokes were still exactly that — perfect.

"Our guys know how to win games," coach Mike Gundy said. "I told them in the locker room that I've been involved with Oklahoma State football for almost a quarter of a century and I've been here a lot of years when an opponent had a first down on the 4-yard line at the end of a game and we didn't stop them. I've been around our defense now for a couple of years, and they are finding a way to stop people."

The Cowboy defense, which had a difficult time against the ‘Cats, made the stand it needed when the Cowboys needed it the most.

And the offense, went on basically two game-winning drives in the game's final six minutes. Despite having committed four turnovers, OSU marched 64 yards in two plays for a score and then after K-State matched, the Pokes responded with a four-play, 65-yard touchdown drive. It appeared almost effortless.

And that didn't surprise safety Daytawion Lowe. He said the faith Blackmon expressed in the defense to come up big at the end of a game is matched by the defense's faith in the offense to do the same.

"That's believing; we just believe in each other," Lowe said. "If it had been the other way around I'd like to think I would have done the same for the offense. I know I had confidence when they were on that last drive. Confidence goes a long way and we have it in one another."

Lowe said he preferred having a close call instead of some of the blowouts the Pokes have posted in recent weeks, but there was one qualifier to that remark — he only enjoyed it because he's playing with guys he trusts.

"I think this helps us more because it just brings out the best in our nature to compete all the way to the end and never give up," Lowe said. "I love our guys and I know that's the mentality we all have. I wouldn't want to be in the position we were in tonight with anybody else. I love this team."


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