Mike Gundy still remembers the feeling walking off the field at Jack Trice Stadium last November in Ames, Iowa, his Cowboys' unbeaten season over. Iowa State had just beaten OSU 37-31 in double overtime.
That's the day everyone learned of the plane crash that killed women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. But apart from the tragedy of the day, Gundy had a couple of thoughts, as he first dodged the thousands of fans who flooded the field, then pondered the defeat in the locker room.
“I did think, we've come a long way at Oklahoma State when people rush the field after beating us,” Gundy said. “I remember when they just went out to their tailgate, finish their drink.”
But Gundy also thought that if someone had to take out the Cowboys, the Cyclones and coach Paul Rhoads were about the most appetizing.
“I like Paul and I think he does a really nice job,” Gundy said. “Certainly would rather have won that game, but I don't mind seeing people who work hard and not having things given to 'em have success.”
Cowboy philosophy: Next man up
Injuries remain one of the main storylines of the week in Stillwater, with the Cowboys missing several key contributors by game's end Saturday at Kansas.
There's hope that wideouts Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson, running back Jeremy Smith, linebacker Caleb Lavey and even quarterback Wes Lunt will be back.
If not, the focus shifts to the backups.
“It's sad when guys like and are hurt,” said Cowboys receiver Charlie Moore. “They're great leaders and they help us out a lot, but it's going to be fun to watch the younger guys step up.
“As long as they're out, I'm going to do all I can to help this team and make plays when my name gets called.”
the run game
ISU's upset of the Cowboys a year ago was aided by a defensive effort that slowed OSU's running game.
The Cowboys totaled just 60 yards rushing, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
This year, teams are averaging just 3.4 yards per rush against the Cyclones.
Oklahoma State backup safety Isaac Maselera pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession Monday and received a six-month deferred sentence.
Maselera received community service and had to pay a $250 fine, plus other costs and fees.
Maselera, who has made his biggest impact at OSU on special teams, was charged in June after OSU police, while responding to a suspicious odor complaint, found a metal grinder in Maselera's dorm room.
So far this season, Maselera has played in four games and tallied three tackles and a pass breakup.
OSU defensive tackle Calvin Barnett also appeared in court Monday for driving charges, and his case will continue on Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Barnett, who has started all five games for the Cowboys so far this season, was charged in May with driving under suspension, speeding, failing to register a vehicle within 30 days of purchase and driving without insurance.