As a huge underdog, Oklahoma State pushed top-ranked Florida State to the end in Saturday’s season opener before eventually losing 37-31.
Afterward, the feel-good vibe for what was nearly accomplished was recognizable from various angles: friends, family, fellow students and even the media.
Inside the program, however, the Cowboys were told to quickly move on.
“It’s all about preparation and trying to improve,” said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “Whether you win or lose, the next day is an opportunity to get better. So that’s our outlook and that’s what we try to do.
“The focus is on a great effort and a positive attitude. We’re going to go out and get better.”
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said refocusing for Missouri State shouldn’t be an issue.
“You tell them the truth,” Gundy said. “College football is a long season. We’ve got a lot of football games and three open dates. It’s going to go on forever.
“You’ll have a lot of big wins and some fun victories, and then you’ll have tough defeats. Either way, you have to come back to work Sunday night. It’s always been that way here. It’s never really been an issue with this team.”
BEARS LOOK FAMILIAR
Preparing for Missouri State, the OSU defense will recognize much of what they see — from its own offense.
The Bears use a dual-threat quarterback, Kierra Harris, in a spread offense and run or pass based on what the defense allows.
“They’re not a lot different from us, which is good,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “They’ve got an athletic quarterback and a lot of zone-read schemes. They want to see what you’re in and they adjust.
“It’s both a run scheme and a throwing scheme. We respect everybody we play and we realize that if our eyes are bad, you give up big plays.”