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Oklahoma State football notebook: In defeat, Cowboys gain momentum

Immediately following the game, many of the Cowboys took to Twitter, signaling pride in their effort of a 37-31 close call.
by John Helsley Published: September 1, 2014
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The Cowboys lost their opener to No. 1 Florida State, and all weighing in said they were disappointed and didn’t like it.

Still, even in defeat, there’s a sense that OSU made some gains.

Immediately following the game, many of the Cowboys took to Twitter, signaling pride in their effort of a 37-31 close call.

Zac Veatch: “I hate losing more than I love winning but that was a hell of a game. Love my brothers. #GoPokes.”

OSU coach Mike Gundy weighed in via Twitter, too.

“So proud of this team. Love their character, work ethic, attitude and they play as a team. They fought their butts off and showed no fear.”

Monday, Gundy was asked if his team even gained momentum, whether in perception or in his own locker room.

“I would say that’s true,” he said.

Gundy also issued caution on paying attention to too much praise.

“One thing I talked to them about on Sunday night was, ‘You were fighting for your life for four weeks, because nobody gave you a chance to compete against Florida State. And now they’re going to tell you you’re better than they thought you were. And we don’t know if that’s true or not. We really don’t, until the middle of October.’

“We have to play a number of games in a row. We have to get some players beat up and injured, some other guys have to step in and play. They have to get tired and hurt, deal with adversity, all those things that really identify with a team. So in five or six weeks, we’ll know a lot more.”

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The seriousness of Saturday night eventually caught up to Cowboys center Paul Lewis.

“I didn’t really get too nervous until we got there for warm-ups,” the sophomore said. “I got my stuff on and it was like, ‘Wow, we’re finally here. August 30th. Florida State.’

“It got better throughout the game, though.”

That took a while, too, but OSU’s rebuilt right side of the line – Lewis included – eventually settled in and the offense began to break through against a touted Seminoles defense.

“I want to say it was about halfway through the second quarter,” Lewis said. “Once we got some confidence, we knew we could play with those guys.

“We got into a rhythm, got up on some linebackers and started pushing their line back more and more. It just started to click.”

Lewis, sophomore right guard Veatch and redshirt right tackle Zach Crabtree had but one combined start among them before Saturday.

The entire unit, including left tackle Daniel Koenig and left guard Chris Grisbhy, accounted for almost every snap up front.

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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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