STILLWATER — When asked to reflect on a rollercoaster ride of a first season, Mike Yurcich’s short term memory prevailed.
It wasn’t the 52 points scored in a romp over Texas Tech in week eight he recalls most. Not the nearly 600 yards of total offense in a Baylor beat down at home in late November, either.
Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator instead recalled games the fan base might rather forget — the Bedlam heartbreak and the Cotton Bowl defeat. Two late-season losses imprinted on the constantly churning mind of the coach in charge of the Cowboys’ offense.
“It drives you nuts,” Yurcich said.
But when discussing those moments of failure Wednesday at the 2014 Cowboy Football Media Golf Outing at Karsten Creek, Yurcich provided part of the narrative that makes other OSU position coaches believe in the second-year man who made the giant leap from Division II to the Big 12 last season.
How long did Yurcich wait to watch game film of the 41-31 Missouri loss? One day.
“That doesn’t surprise me,” wide receivers coach Jason Ray said.
“That’s the marking of a great coach,” safeties coach Van Malone added.
Yurcich entered 2013 as a complete unknown and finished the year with mixed results. The Cowboys’ total offense ranked third among Big 12 schools behind Texas Tech and Baylor. But Yurcich also received heavy criticism from fans and some media outlets at times regarding play calling — especially in a 30-21 September loss at West Virginia.
The season was undoubtedly a learning process, Yurcich said, but not because the stage was too big.
“It’s not like I had a chip on my shoulder,” Yurcich said. “The biggest thing for me was coming together with the rest of the offensive staff.”