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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ready to move on

by John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson Published: September 4, 2014

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.”


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.”

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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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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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