Texas Tech struggled down the stretch a year ago, losing seven of its last eight games.
During that slump, one loss stands out more than the rest: OSU's 66-6 rout in Lubbock.
“I try to wash that out of my mind,” said Red Raiders safety D.J. Johnson. “That was a tough one, man. I've never in my wildest dreams — nightmares even — imagined getting beat like that.”
Beyond that, Johnson said, his senior class has never beaten the Cowboys.
“People focus on the UTs and (teams) like that, but Oklahoma State has been a good football team for some time now,” Johnson said. “They've started to get credit and respect. And it's about time.
“It's going to influence us or impact us to want to go out there and grind harder, go out there and play to the best of our ability. We remember what happened last year and we definitely want to make sure that that doesn't occur again.
“If possible, we want to reverse it and make it occur the other way.”
GILBERT, STEWART CLAIM BIG 12 HONORS
OSU's Josh Stewart and Justin Gilbert were both honored by the Big 12 Monday, with Stewart named Offensive Player of the Week and Gilbert Special Teams Player of the Week.
Stewart scored on a 46-yard run and also totaled 13 receptions for 172 yards with two more scores.
“It means a lot,” Stewart said. “All these great players in the Big 12, and you get chosen one of the best players that week … that's great. And it means a lot to me.”
Gilbert set a school record with his fifth career kickoff return for a touchdown, taking one back 96 yards in the Cowboys' win over West Virginia.
OSU QBS VS. WEST VIRGINIA: THEN AND NOW
In the 1987 Sun Bowl, Mike Gundy made his 20th start for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His Cowboys beat West Virginia 35-33 and his quarterback rating was 137.91.
Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, Clint Chelf made his first start for the Cowboys — against West Virginia.
Chelf completed 22 of 31 passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, leading to a quarterback rating of 186.22.
Now, quarterback ratings have zoomed in the recent era, bringing cause for caution when comparing. Quarterbacks are just more accurate now, and they throw a lot more. Touchdowns are up, interceptions are down or at least stable.
Still, it's a fun side-by-side for the same name foe.
“I'm very proud of Clint Chelf,” Gundy said. “I think he did a great job.”
Chelf, when asked to evaluate his first start: “We won, so that's how I evaluate it. But the offense played pretty well.”
Same as 25 years ago, when Chelf's coach was a quarterback himself, and with Thurman Thomas, Hart Lee Dykes and Barry Sanders as sidekicks, fared the same.
By John Helsley and Berry Tramel