“Offense is what gives you confidence,” Ford said. “Offense is what makes your defense better. We're just not getting enough possessions going.”
This was a ballgame, 27-27, late in the first half. Then OSU went nine straight scoreless possessions, and it was over.
Oh well. That's what happens when a football school plays a basketball school.
Give the Cowboys credit. They played hard. Ten offensive rebounds in the first half, which is always a sign of effort.
“They just beat us,” said OSU's Marshall Moses. “I wish we could have played better for those (10) people. But it had nothing to do with anything other than Texas beat us in our own gym.”
Ten years ago, on another night with a packed arena, the Cowboys found a way to beat Missouri in maybe OSU's most important game ever.
Emotions were raw. A silver lining was precious. A victory offered the sliver of hope that things might one day be normal again.
Ten years later, we know that while time doesn't heal all wounds, it does help, and now we know, too, that victory is not automatic on a night of remembrance.
You've still got to put the ball in the basket.
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