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.”
WITNESS TESTIFIES AGAINST FORMER COWBOY
The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom.
Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to the Tulsa World.
Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified.
Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified.
As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear.
Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorneys present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects.
“I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said.
Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary.
A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday.
OSU safety Jordan Sterns on Spencer: “He’s a good dude. He genuinely cares for the defense. He wants us to genuinely love each other. He shows us that it’s more than just about you.”