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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' flaws did not show up against Savannah State

OSU learned more about itself in Week 2, when it was whipped at Arizona
by John Helsley Published: September 12, 2012

“What does success do for you? Well, it gives you confidence,” Monken said. “What does failure do? It forces you to look at it and compete.

“Failure is not fatal, but, ‘Here's what we did. Here's what they did. Here's what they exposed to us.'

“They didn't expose anything to us. Yeah, we felt confident.”

That confidence eventually faded in Tucson, lost in a mistake-marred loss that included four turnovers, many dropped passes and missed tackles and a school-record for penalty yards, all contributing to a 59-38 thumping.

“That's still no excuse,” Rush said. “The team before should never dictate how you do the next week.”

Dictate, no. But such an opener should at least be beneficial.

“It wasn't a true tuneup,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young.

In contrast, Arizona was pushed in its opener by Toledo, winning in overtime after scuffling offensively with mistakes and missing two short field goals. By the time OSU arrived, they'd addressed those weaknesses and made the proper fixes on the way to a relatively clean game and a major upset.

“Every game, somebody does something to you, something new,” Monken said. “And then you go, ‘That was pretty good. Here's how we have to adjust to it.'

“When you don't get that … If we don't play better this week, then that wasn't an issue, it just means we aren't playing worth a darn. If we do better this week and don't have penalties and turn it over, then that will maybe be something.”