Talking with two of the big guys on the Oklahoma State offense in starting right tackle and second-team All Big 12 performer Zach Crabtree and another second-team All-Big 12 selection in Cowboy back Blake Jarwin and they showed on their faces and in their answers to questions that there is a resolve to this team heading into the bowl season and the preparation for the Alamo Bowl against Colorado.
Crabtree was still serious and dark in his thoughts on the Bedlam loss.
"It cuts deep, it hurts," said the big veteran lineman. "The sun does come up and there is another game."
The positive from the entire season and even coming from the Bedlam loss is the offensive run game. Oklahoma State is now averaging 4.5 yards per rush and right at 170 yards rushing a game. A year ago those numbers weren't even close and they get better every game as Oklahoma State rushed for 217 yards on the OU defense.
"The turnaround in the run game has been overwhelming and the Cowboy backs have done a lot to help and this offensive line is so much better than it was even a year ago," Crabtree said. "The receivers do so much blocking downfield to help the run game. It is a real positive for all of us on offense."
Crabtree and Jarwin differ on this. Jarwin is a senior and will be looking for a win and a tremendous send off to end his college career, while Crabtree has another year at Oklahoma State and will be looking to help Jarwin with that send off but also to create momentum toward next season and his last go round.
The motivations combine just fine and for everybody involved you must hope those motivations keep pushing this team to a positive finish against a very good 10th-ranked Colorado team.