Out of contention for a second consecutive trip to the postseason, the Cougars have three games left to play -- against Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington. Whether they will win another game is a definite unknown at this point, but it won't be for lack of trying.
After all, playing is what they plan to do.
"We just have to keep on doing what we’re doing," said junior linebacker Jeremiah Allison in a postgame radio interview.
Head coach Mike Leach said in a postgame interview that his team needs to remain competitive because there is always adversity in football.
"At some point, each individual play has to be its own masterpiece," he said. "We're just too up and down emotionally. We're just all over the map. We need to take pride in each individual play and make the most out of that."
Leach did, however, acknowledge that quarterback Luke Falk did "a good job of leading this unit" when he stepped in for Halliday. In his first major outing with the Cougars, the redshirt freshman threw for 370 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Fortunately for Leach, his players seem cognizant of some of their issues -- and how to fix them.
Senior running back Theron West said that the team has to stay focused.
"We just have to play the next play," he said.
Sophomore cornerback Daquawn Brown said that he wants to see the secondary, in which he has taken on a leadership role, "play more free now."
"We have nothing to lose," he said. "We can go into these games as the spoiler."
Brown said the Cougars' goal was to get into a bowl game this year.
"Now," he said, "we know we have to put in more work during the offseason."
"You never know when your opportunity is going to come."
As the youngest of three brothers, Baker joked that he is "never used to being the biggest guy."