Oklahoma State prepares for its bye week as the Cowboys continue to recover from a rather poor showing in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday falling to Texas Tech 45-35.
No game on Saturday means ample opportunity for the Pokes to make necessary adjustments and learn from past mistakes to show out successfully when the Baylor Bears come to Stillwater on Oct. 19.
Baylor, as of now, remains undefeated on the season and could pose a lethal threat to the Cowboys if they remain strong in the win column next weekend.
Mike Gundy showed zero hesitancy in expressing his disappointment in his Cowboys’ performance against Texas Tech on Saturday, and he addressed the media on Tuesday to talk the teams’ plans of moving forward rather than dwelling on past error.
“I know we need this one right now for a lot of reasons,” Gundy said. “The guys are all doing good. It gives us a chance to take a lot of guys who play a lot and have them hardly practice because rest is the only thing that can really heal their bodies.”
Freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders saw the toughest game of his young career against the Red Raiders throwing three interceptions and being on the unfortunate end of two fumbles recovered by Tech.
Sanders, who threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, takes matters into his own hands following every loss this season and continues to speak on how it’s his responsibility to lead his team and strive for success.
“He needs to take care of the football in the pocket,” Gundy said. “That will solve half of his problems. We’re going to coach that and drill that. The rest of it will get better through the experience.”
One key component on Cowboy fans’ minds from the loss to Texas Tech was the struggles of the offensive line. Sanders found himself in trouble multiple times being forced to either run or throw the ball away, but he also found himself in trouble with seven sacks.
“The offensive line played average,” Gundy said. “We’re still trying to get seven on seven going a little bit. They are giving us a great effort and making plays, but it’s a new time and things happen fast. You’ll get better each game.”
Coach Gundy and the Cowboys may have an off week, but the preparation for Baylor doesn’t cease or let up in any way aside from respectable time to allow the athletes to rest their bodies and get their mind right for another battle.
Gundy said there’s no such thing as a loss hangover for his players, and it’s vital for his team to learn to move on quickly and prepare for new challenges that await them.
“Young people are so resilient,” Gundy said. “We live in a world now where things go really fast with technology and social media. Coaches have to put their big boy pants on and get over it because players do.”
Baylor, a team that will be fresh off either a win or loss to Texas Tech, will enter Boone Pickens Stadium with strong defense, an experienced quarterback, and a winning record.
“They’re a good football team,” Gundy said. “They are doing a lot of things differently coverage-wise from last year. They’re playing good football.”
The Cowboys face a tough test on Oct. 19 against the Bears, and it will also serve as Oklahoma State’s homecoming, but for now the Cowboys are focused on rehabilitating, refocusing, and re-energizing.
The Cowboys and the Bears will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium.