Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys dismiss hangover talk

by John Helsley Published: December 1, 2012
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Coming off an emotional overtime loss at Oklahoma, there was some concern about how the Cowboys would play on the road at Baylor.

They didn't play sharp, for sure, falling behind 24-3 and eventually falling 41-34.

But no one was biting on the hangover talk.

“I think the guys were over that,” said OSU quarterback Clint Chelf.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said the possibility briefly crossed his mind, before he dismissed it.

“I would hate to hang my hat on that,” Gundy said. “I thought the same thing in the beginning of the fourth quarter, maybe they couldn't overcome the last game. But I got to thinking and I don't really see it that way.

“I don't really think there was a hangover. If there was, it's my fault, because that's my responsibility. I thought we practiced well. I just don't think that was a factor.”

COWBOY D PLAYS SHORTHANDED

Facing one of the nation's most explosive offenses, OSU's defense found itself shorthanded at two key spots: defensive tackle and cornerback.

Tackle James Castleman didn't make the trip, after suffering an undisclosed injury during practice on Wednesday.

Baylor attacked the middle of the Cowboys defense in the run game, netting 319 yards and three touchdowns, including a 76-yard romp by Lache Seastrunk.

“We missed Castleman,” Gundy said.

Cornerback Brodrick Brown didn't start and eventually played, but limped off the field several times, taking himself out of the game with an apparent leg/foot injury.

“He's not healthy,” Gundy said. “Probably should have just stayed home. He felt like he wanted to try to go. But he's not healthy.”

SEASTRUNK… SEE SEASTRUNK RUN

OSU had climbed within one score at 34-27 in the fourth quarter, scoring a touchdown on a J.W. Walsh run, then needing a defensive stop to set up a chance at an unlikely rally.

But on first down following the kickoff, Seastrunk romped 76 yards up the middle for a score, extending the lead again.

Once past the line, Seastrunk had nothing but open field to cover, which he did, despite seemingly pulling a hamstring in the run.

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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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