Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told his players during Sunday night's workout, their first since a last-minute loss to No. 11 Texas, that their temperament needed to be better when they returned to the field Tuesday.
Gundy said following Tuesday's practice that the players delivered, putting together a solid session.
“Emotionally, they turned,” Gundy said. “Kids are resilient. But they're not fond of losing, so there's always that concern that there's a hangover. But I feel good about their attitude (Tuesday). I thought they really practiced well.
“The veteran players have to provide that leadership, emotionally, at this point, when you lose a game that's a close one and very emotional.”
With the Cowboys off this week, Gundy said Tuesday's practice mostly consisted of correcting mistakes made against the Longhorns, such as defending the deep ball and screen plays and improving in certain areas of the passing game. They will begin preparation for their Oct. 13 contest at Kansas on Thursday.
GUNDY: RANDLE'S PERFORMANCE THE BEST OF HIS CAREER
Statistically, Joseph Randle had his best game as a Cowboy on Saturday night against UT, rushing for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, including a 69-yard score.
Gundy believes it was the highlight of Randle's career so far, as well.
“He really played his best game in his career here, in my opinion, last Saturday night against what could be (arguably) the most athletic defense in our league,” Gundy said. “So I was proud of him for that.
“Joseph was very good in the locker room, from an emotional standpoint, in leading our team prior to the game. So there was a lot of excitement and energy within him, and obviously it came out on the field.”
GUNDY ‘REALLY ENJOYING COACHING THESE GUYS'
A 2-2 start for OSU has obviously led to some concerns for Gundy, such as the thinning depth in the secondary and giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown against UT.
But what has Gundy liked so far?
The Cowboys' rushing defense, which ranks 38th in the country (121.25 yards allowed per game). An offense that still leads the nation in scoring (55.75 points per game) and total yards (659 per game) without Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. And the overall attitude of the players.
“I'm really enjoying coaching these guys,” Gundy said. “There's a lot of Xs and Os and strategies that has to go in with the guys we have right now, and that's a fun part for our coaching staff.”