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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys take 'us against the world' mentality into Morgantown

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: September 27, 2013

Turns out Mike Gundy is a fan of the movie 300.

Or, at least, a fan of the greater theme behind the 2007 action film that pegged 300 Spartan soldiers against an enemy army of more than 300,000.

Earlier this week, Jeremy Smith recalled a time when the Oklahoma State coach referenced the movie when discussing how the Cowboys need to approach life on the road.

“That's pretty much how it is for us,” Smith said. “We're not traveling with much, so we all have to stick together and be just one sound team. When we go down there and do that and we take care of things we're supposed to take care of, we can win. We can beat anybody.”

OSU's Big 12 road success has been one of the biggest ways the Cowboys have built their national stature over the past six years. But they took a step back in that category last season, going just 1-3 in conference games away from Boone Pickens Stadium.

The No. 11 Cowboys will try to tilt the scales back in a positive direction when they open their Big 12 road slate Saturday at West Virginia, the league's most unknown destination.

“When you get there, it's 100 or 115 people against however many people their stadium holds for the most part,” Gundy said. “We have always challenged our team that way and told them to come together as a group and play hard and that gives them the best chance to win.”

OSU has a 30-12 Big 12 record since 2008, which ranks second among schools that have been conference members during that entire span (Oklahoma is 33-10). Fourteen of those victories have been away from home. And this season, the road schedule seems fairly manageable, with contests at Iowa State, Texas Tech and Texas following the trip to Morgantown.

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