Cowboy Seniors End On Disappointing Note

ARLINGTON, Texas — The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. A few weeks ago, Oklahoma State seniors had dreams of beating OU, winning the Big 12, going to a BCS bowl game and finishing as the winningest class in school history.

Instead, the Cowboys lost in a Bedlam thriller — those dreams all out the window. Still, they finished 10-2 and had a chance to go out with a win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Again, they came up short, losing to Missouri, 41-31.

Four years defined by success came to an end marked by bitter defeat.

"(These losses) are hard now because they've had so much success," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "But these guys are trained to understand adversity will make them better. They know that. It will make them better for the rest of their lives."

For quarterback Clint Chelf — who battled through a career filled with peaks and valleys to ultimately fumble on the final drive that could have lifted the Cowboys the victory — the loss was especially hard to swallow.

"Obviously it's tough," Chelf said. "We had two opportunities to do that and came up short both times.

"But looking back on it, I wouldn't change it for the world."

The same goes for a class of defensive players who helped change the culture of defense at Oklahoma State.

Although the players made their disappointment clear, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer appeared to be the most hurt after the game.

"They played hard, man those guys," Spencer said. "That's what just rips your guts out. Those kids lay it on the line for each other, that's why I hurt so bad. It's a shame.

"I'm proud of them, I hugged their neck in the locker room and I told them they have a lot to be proud of."

Despite the tough ending, the impact the players had on the program is undeniable.

"Twenty-eight seniors in all. We came up in the program together," linebacker Caleb Lavey said. "We focused on the goal we wanted to do. We made it happen for the most part."

And given their success, Lavey hopes these seniors will leave a legacy that can continue to fuel the growth of the OSU program. "These seniors, they've really set a standard with leadership, with work," Lavey said.

"In my opinion, there's only one way to go, and that's up."


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