Asked to reflect on the positives in what remains a surprising 6-1 start, Brandon Weeden tried to play along.
"I don't know why I'm as upset as I am, because we've accomplished a lot of things that a lot of people didn't think we could," Weeden said.
Except the Cowboys quarterback really did know the source of his clear agitation in the aftermath of a 51-41 loss to Nebraska.
"In our locker room," Weeden said, "we felt we could be where we are."
The challenge now: regaining traction.
And it won't be easy, putting a premium on the leadership of OSU's few experienced veterans.
Stomaching the first taste of defeat. Heading on the road for an underrated hostile ground at Kansas State. Facing a physical style of offense that they haven't really seen.
This is all new for the bulk of the Cowboys' two-deep.
And it will be interesting to see how they respond.
"It's tough to swallow, but we'll see what we're made of," Weeden said. "I think guys will be looking forward to coming back (Sunday) night and practicing.
"I'd put money that everyone's going to come with a little extra pep in their step, ready to go."
Weeden knew he was looking forward to Sunday and the rest of the week and vowed to impress an attitude onto the team, his team.
"We need to take it personal and go out there and execute and take out our frustrations on (Kansas State)," he said.