Still sensing an emotional hangover from the Bedlam loss, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy asked his team to do something different Sunday night.
Laugh a little.
OSU skipped its regular Sunday night practice, instead catching some standup comedy in the team's meeting room, via Netflix.
“Everybody's somber and down,” Gundy said. “And the truth of the matter is, our defense played (103) plays. Offense was up around 70-something. And there were special teams.
“We're in our eighth week straight. We had this beautiful schedule where we played a game and had an open date, played a game and had an open date. So now we're on an eight-week stretch here. We felt like they needed a break.”
Gundy said he decided “30 minutes before the meeting,” to give the players a choice to watch some comics, or practice.
An easy choice.
“We turned the lights off and they laughed and had the best time,” Gundy said. “And when it was over, we watched tape and graded it, ate dinner and sent them home.
“It kind of changed who they were at that time. They felt better about it.”
Gundy didn't pick the comedians, instead allowing the players to suggest who to watch from the Netflix library.
As far as running back Joseph Randle is concerned, it's just another example of Gundy being a player's coach.
“You can play for somebody, but it doesn't mean you respect them as a coach and a person,” Randle said. “But Coach Gundy is definitely somebody that you can look at and you respect him. He cares about his players.
“He's always good for a couple of random things. And I think it'll pay off for us next week.”
COWBOYS BOUNCING BACK, AGAIN
Saturday's setback marked OSU's fourth loss of the season. After the previous three, the Cowboys always had a positive response: a win.
Now they're pressed to do it again, after Saturday's difficult setback in Norman.
“It's just something that we have to put behind us,” said offensive lineman Lane Taylor. “This year, we've done a great job of bouncing back after Arizona, Texas and Kansas State.
“This team has already dealt with this situation, and we'll be able to put it in the past.”
After losing at Arizona, the Cowboys beat Louisiana-Lafayette. Following Texas, they won at Kansas. And after falling at Kansas State, they beat West Virginia.