For all the concern about Oklahoma State’s youth and inexperience going into the season opener, a lot of players new to major roles held up well against Florida State.
A rebuilt offensive line played well, and sophomores Seth Jacobs and Jordan Sterns led the team in tackles.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy didn’t seem surprised, pointing to the culture of the program and the progressive work done by Rob Glass and his strength and conditioning staff.
“The one advantage we have now is we’ve been in it a while here,” Gundy said. “There has been some success and the players believe in themselves. Rob Glass in strength and conditioning has been with us a while and he’s the best in the country at developing players, in my opinion. I think you see that early in their career. You see it on their bodies.
“And there’s a mental toughness that he and that we work extremely hard to instill from Day 1. In my opinion, that helped our football team on Saturday night.”
BEARS TRYING TO FLIP TREND
Missouri State moved to Division I status in 1982, finding a home in what now is the FCS level.
On the occasions the Bears have extended themselves by playing major-college teams — 30 times total — it hasn’t gone well. Missouri State stands 1-29 all-time against teams in the FBS, winning only at UNLV in 1990.
The Bears have faced OSU six times previously, all in Stillwater, losing mostly in blowout fashion. They’ve averaged just 10 points per game against the Cowboys. The highlight in the series was a 23-20 loss in 1996, the first official overtime game in FBS history. Most recently, OSU won 57-13 in 2008.
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