Oklahoma State senior DB Perrish Cox said he understands what's ahead for the Cowboys against Ole Miss, and he understands the Rebels' approach to the game is probably a lot like OSU's. The Cowboys stumbled in a big way in their finale, 27-0 at arch-rival Oklahoma, just like Ole Miss did at Mississippi State 41-27.
"It's always a challenge going into a big game like this," Cox said. "We're approaching this game like we approach any game. You have to leave that game behind you and move forward."
Cox almost played for one of the Rebels' rivals and would have faced Ole Miss every season.
"LSU was one of my top three schools and I actually committed to LSU," the Waco, Texas, native said. "When Signing Day came, they sent me the scholarship papers. I think it was a great choice that I made and put me in the best situation I could be in. I look back on it every day and wonder what if I would have signed with LSU. But it's worked out for the best."
QB says tough year
OSU quarterback Zac Robinson said he loves the resiliency of the team, even though they fell a bit short of their goals.
"It's been a tough year," he said. "As a team we've been through a lot. But we've pushed through it. It was frustrating but it's made us a lot stronger. We've come together as a team. We're a close group and it's only going to help us later on down the road."
The Littleton, Colo., senior said the Rebel defense presents quite a challenge for the Cowboys offense.
"They're a great defense. They're solid across the board. Their defensive line is big. Their D-tackles are big. They move around pretty good. They plug up the run, and they disrupt a lot of things. Their linebackers are fast. They're all fast. They can run. Their tackles can run. Their DBs can cover. There's really no weakness. As an offense we have to execute, beucase we know it's going to be a challenge for us.
Watch out for Snead
Senior linebacker Andre Sexton said Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead is comparable to one his team has already faced.
"He's a very athletic guy that reminds me of Colt McCoy in the way he makes great decisions. He controls their offense very well. He puts them in situations to win. He's made a lot of great throws and made a lot of great plays for them."
Sexton is impressed with the Rebel offense as a whole.
"They're very good," the Houston, Texas, product said. "Their offensive line does a great job. They make little seams for (Dexter McCluster) because he's so small and shifty. He does such a great job of making people miss, with athletic ability you don't see that often with the explosive speed that he has."
Sexton has obviously seen enough film of McCluster to know what the defense is up against.
"Against Tennessee he surely showcased himself," Sexton said. "Some people are saying if he'd have played running back all year, he might have won the Heisman."
Sexton agreed with Cox that the Cowboys have had to regroup after their disappointing showing in Norman, Okla., in the finale. At 9-3 on the season, getting to double-digit victories is the goal.
"You try to put it behind you, but you're constantly reminded that it was your last game against OU and that this is your last opportunity to play a game in college," he said. "So we feel we have to go out on top and with a win. It's what everybody will remember us for. We've done a lot of things to change the program. At the same time, we'll always be remembered for this last game. We've got to get to 10 wins."
OSU focused on win No. 10
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