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Cowboys remain calm in unchartered territory

BY GINA MIZELL Published: October 23, 2011

/articleid/3616500/1/pictures/1542649">Photo - Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (81) huddles up with the offensive without his helmet during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers (Mizzou) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (81) huddles up with the offensive without his helmet during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers (Mizzou) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Cowboys have won nine games in a row away from home and are officially done with the hardest part of a difficult road slate. They just keep passing test after test.

But it's not just the results. It's the attitude that radiates from players and coaches. It's almost nonchalant, yet composed.

Brandon Weeden leaned against a wall outside the OSU locker room Saturday and mixed in a story about slamming his finger in the laundry room door in between analyzing the play of the Cowboys' running game and defense in the second half. There's a similar sense of calm when talking with Grant Garner, Markelle Martin and others that are the leaders of this team.

Still, the Cowboys' remaining five games now look tougher than they did at the start of the season.

Kansas State, which visits Stillwater on Nov. 5, is off to a surprising 7-0 start and has climbed to No. 8 in the BCS rankings. And OSU goes to Lubbock the following week to face a Texas Tech team that pulled off the biggest upset of the season so far by winning in Norman on Saturday.

“What gets your attention is it can happen to anybody at anytime,” Gundy said.

The good news for Gundy is that, because of the early kickoff in Columbia, his players were home in time to watch that Tech-OU game unfold. They could have watched previously undefeated Wisconsin lose to Michigan State on a Hail Mary pass, as well.

Technically, there is no history to draw on to provide clues on how the Cowboys will react to its high place in the BCS picture. But look at the history of the past two months, and there are plenty of answers.


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