STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — For No. 13 Oklahoma State, just getting back on the practice field Friday and having another opponent to focus on was therapeutic.
After falling to No. 11 Oklahoma a week earlier in a game that slipped away in the final 19 seconds and cost them the Big 12 championship, the Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) are trying to move forward and get ready for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 3 against No. 9 Missouri (11-2, 7-1 SEC).
"We're back to work, we had an hour-and-a-half practice (Friday) and the players have all shown up from their break," coach Mike Gundy announced. "Their finals are over, so they're back to football 100 percent now. We'll give them the weekend off and start back on Monday, work out for seven or eight days before we let the players off for Christmas. And then they'll meet us down in Dallas and we'll get back to bowl prep."
Senior quarterback Clint Chelf, who completed 19 of 25 passes for a career-high 370 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma State's dominating 49-17 win over then-No. 3 Baylor on Nov. 23, but was merely OK against Oklahoma, admitted that the mood in the locker room was still a bit somber.
"We were in a little bit of a funk today," said Chelf, who was 19 of 35 for 200 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, in the 33-24 loss to the Sooners. "That's understandable, guys obviously took that loss pretty hard. We felt like we let one slip away. That's just something we have to deal with. The older guys on the team have to get the younger guys on the team re-focused, regrouped and ready to go for Missouri."
Senior fullback Kye Staley wanted to erase the Oklahoma game from his memory and direct all of his attention toward the bowl game.
"It was an upsetting loss but we can't dwell on it. It's the past," said Staley, who rushed for 25 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries against Baylor but only got the ball once, for no gain, against OU.
"We didn't even watch film, we just go on to the next team. We're very excited to play Missouri, an SEC team, in Dallas. We have a lot of Texas kids that probably dreamed of playing there, so it's going to be a fun, exciting time. Just move forward, you can't look behind you."