"When you're here for four years, you go through your ups and downs," said senior receiver James Kirkendoll. "It's a little different obviously from other years I've been here, but we're going to find a way to get through this and get back to where we were."
Defensively, tackle Kheeston Randall said the formula was simple.
"We just have to create more turnovers and not turn the ball over as much and we'll be fine," Randall said.
That might be easier said than done against one of the nation's top offenses, but Randall said that most of the Longhorns' problems have been self-inflicted. He said that often that problem revolved around players not playing their gaps correctly.
On the other side, Whittaker said Kansas State's lead dictated the game plan.
"We just got down too early," Whittaker said. "We had to throw the ball to try and play catchup."
Whittaker said the running back group was also healing up from its injuries. Whittaker said Tre Newton was recovering well from his head injury and might be ready to go, while Whittaker is fighting off a recurring stinger.
"I try to play as if I don't even know it's there," Whittaker said.
Randall said the Oklahoma State offense would pose challenges similar to Texas Tech offenses of old, with a quick running back in space and a great receiving corps.
"All we can do is go out and play our best," Randall said, "like we've been doing."