Cowboys Struggle To Deal With Loss

Larry Reece, the popular Oklahoma State public address announcer, has a saying, "sometimes it's tough to be us." His reference is to being Cowboys fans and that we have had a history of doing things the hard way for many years. It is not nearly as bad as it used to be, as Oklahoma State has enjoyed more success in athletics, especially football, in recent years.

Hey, it is what it is. It stinks to lose to Oklahoma again! It stinks that the Big 12 champs at Baylor are just two weeks removed from coming to Stillwater and getting rolled up 49-17 by the very same Cowboys that lost to Oklahoma 33-24 on Saturday after OU was throttled in Waco 41-12 this season. The math doesn't add up.

The fans are griping again about the officiating, about Mike Gundy's coaching and anything else that could have contributed to the loss. How about this, it appears the play clock ran out on the fake field goal. Saturday if it wasn't one thing, it was another.

The fact of the matter is that Oklahoma State won most of the statistical categories and in some ways controlled the game through most of the contest. A 64-yard punt return and that fake field goal caused special teams to be a loss for the day.

Then after a clock-work drive for the possible winning score that would have been nice to have had on a couple of other occasions, the Cowboys defense, which has been heroic, couldn't keep the Sooners out of the end zone.

The post-game locker room was tough to do. Here are a few comments.

"Obviously, when you have taken the program to the level they have and you lose a game that means this much it hurts," head coach Mike Gundy said. "You had a lot to play for. When you go ahead and the other team scores late, it always hurts worse.

"I told the team, unfortunately we get dealt these situations in life and you have to deal with them. I also told them I'm not hurting, I'm hurting for them. They played their butts off and they've won 10 games and they have put themselves in a position where they are in the elite of this conference, much less the nation."

"We were moving the ball all game but we just couldn't put the points on the board to help our defense," running back Desmond Roland, who had 144 rushing yards, added. "Our defense played great except for that last drive, and I wish we could have helped them more."

"It was a tough fought battle. You know they made plays when they needed to," senior linebacker Caleb Lavey said. "It really shouldn't have come down to that last drive. There were times that we should have stopped them and didn't earlier in the game.

"I know this is a mature team and it is easy to dwell on this but we have a bowl game to play and we will find a way to fix our mistakes and get back at it. This being the last game for me at Boone Pickens it hasn't hit me, but the only way I can handle it is to look at it and see how I can get better. Any other way and it wouldn't be productive.

"This is a special group of guys and it hurts to lose like this. I hate to see the guys around me sad. I wanted it for everybody else," Lavey added.

"Most importantly, these group of men at Oklahoma State, I feel it is my job to let them know there is more in life because this is a tough loss," said senior defensive end and old man at 28-years-old, Tyler Johnson.

"We have to keep our head up and we'll be fine," he added with tears in his eyes.

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