Proclamations of a playmaker

Khreem Smith snagged his first career interception during Oklahoma State's 52-9 loss against arch-rival Oklahoma. Now he and the rest of the Cowboys look to down Texas at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday.

Khreem Smith


Getting over a massacre at the hands of an arch rival is no easy task, but Oklahoma State is doing all they can to move on from the 52-9 thrashing.


 "No excuses. They came ready to play, and we don't have any excuses. They came ready prepared, we didn't execute our plan, and they came out playing.


"I can't think of what if, and should have and all that. That day, they came with their ‘A' game and we fell short of that.


"It's a 48-hour rule. You have two days to get it out of your system and get prepared for the next game. That's what we're doing. Getting ready for the next game.


"No doubts. We don't have no doubts. I could never say that we have doubts. I know I'm disappointed losing to OU. I know a lot of people that just wanted to see us beat 'em, but we have three more games to worry about."


Falling to 7-2, 3-2 Big 12, has forced the Cowboys to re-evaluate their goals of winning the Big 12 South and the Big 12 Championship. But their goals have not dropped too far.


"We've got other goals in hand. The first to be the first team in Oklahoma State history to go 10-2, and go to a nice bowl game. That's one of the goals that we have.


 "They're still in reach, but we've got to go out there and take care of our business. We've got three more games to worry about. Put aside the game that we just lost. We've got three more games to accomplish."


The biggest of the three stands at OSU's doorstep. The Texas Longhorns dominated Nebraska last week 31-7 by stunting the No. 4 rushing team in the country to 53 yards and posting 353 of their own rushing.


"Any given day a team can beat you. It's a business. Texas, I know, is a good team. They've got a lot of good athletes. But it's a business thing that we have to do.


"We talked about it last year. Our coach told us, ‘we were this close (17-15 loss in Austin), but they came out in the end.' But we have to just go out there and just do our thing. That's all. We just have to go out there and execute, like our coach said, we just have to go out there and execute our plan and just hope we come out with a win.


Once again, the Cowboys will have to face a quarterback-running back rushing tandem. First Jammal Lord and Josh Davis, then Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles, then Reggie McNeal and Courtney Lewis.

Enter Vince Young and Cedric Benson.


"I think of him (Young) as my little Michael Vick out there, but he's 6' 5," 220. We just have to keep him contained and stop the run.


"He's his own man. He has different abilities than Ell Roberson. And he has a better arm than the guy from Nebraska (Jammal Lord).


"Of course, (Smith likes hitting running QBs) as a d-lineman, a quarterback running the ball, but he's illusive, so you can't just go for the kill shot every time.


"We played teams that featured the quarterback, and we did a good job of corralling them and stopping them from the run so we just need to execute the game plan."

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