Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young believes that coaches actually tend to dwell on heartbreaking losses — like last week's 51-48 overtime defeat at Oklahoma — more than players.
Possibly even better for the Cowboys is a scheduling quirk that allows OSU to get back on the field Saturday morning at Baylor, rather than ending the regular season on that sour Bedlam note.
“Now, it's more like we've got all this pent-up frustration and aggression,” offensive lineman Parker Graham said. “Baylor's the next game on our schedule, so that's hopefully the game we're going to take that all out on.”
RANDLE: BAYLOR'S ‘GOT A LOT OF TRASH TALKERS'
The high intensity of college football often leads to harmless jawing between opposing players on the field. Especially when it's a conference matchup.
OSU running back Joseph Randle has heard his fair share of in-game trash talking from Big 12 foes during his three seasons as a Cowboy.
Which opponent has consistently been the chirpiest bunch, in his mind? OU? Texas?
“They're the most trash-talking team that we play every year,” Randle said. “Guaranteed.
“Any time somebody is stepping up to you and it's a challenge as a man … I don't know what else we're playing for, but we're playing for our pride.”
BAYLOR HONORED FOR DEFENSE
Baylor has been lauded all season for its offensive firepower during its first season without former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Quarterback Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense, while receiver Terrance Williams is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
The defense? That's the side of the ball that's been ridiculed by outsiders and shredded by the other potent offenses in the Big 12 for much of the season.
The last two weeks, however, the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week has come from Baylor.
Linebacker Eddie Lackey followed cornerback Joe Williams for the honor after his performance against Texas Tech last week. He had two interceptions — including one that was returned 55 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown and gave the Bears their first lead of the game — and a fumble recovery in a 52-45 overtime victory.
“A lot of people dream about taking it to the house and scoring a touchdown,” Lackey told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “If we didn't have pressure from (defensive end) Terrance Lloyd, he would have never thrown that ball. I just happened to be there and make that play.”