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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have become very resilient in tough times

OSU has overcome obstacles that would sink many other football teams. The Pokes can win big games with a No. 3 quarterback.
by John Helsley Published: November 11, 2012

/articleid/3727836/1/pictures/1881296">Photo - Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown in front of Oklahoma State's Miketavius Jones (24) in the second quarter during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the West Virginia University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown in front of Oklahoma State's Miketavius Jones (24) in the second quarter during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the West Virginia University at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

There's some reading between the lines here, but those comments came after Holgorsen's team — a team picked to win the Big 12 by many and overflowing with offensive talent — had lost its fourth straight game.

Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith walked off the Boone Pickens Stadium turf with tears streaming from his eyes, then screamed obscenities for all to hear, voicing his displeasure.

Clearly, something's working for the Cowboys.

And missing with the Mountaineers.

“OSU has some great things going on,” Holgorsen said. “And they're a good team.”

The Cowboys keep revealing talent, even through the injuries and defections that date back to the offseason.

Three quarterbacks have directed Big 12 wins, seriously?

Every player who's had a hand in an OSU touchdown is expected back next season. And the two-deep for Saturday night's game featured just seven seniors for 44 spots on offense and defense.

But there's more at work here, too. More under the surface and more going on within the walls of the west end zone locker room of Boone Pickens Stadium.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has worked hard on creating an atmosphere of team and trust. And it seems to have taken hold.

“I feel good about our effort and our team,” Gundy said. “I feel good about our coaching staff. I like our chemistry. I like the camaraderie of who we are and where we're going.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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