October 8, 2007

Monday luncheon notes

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State had experienced two pretty tough road losses in 2007 before the game against Texas A&M.

The season started off with a much-anticipated game against Georgia. Hopes were high heading between the hedges, but the game didn't go in the Cowboys' favor.

Then came Troy. Ouch.

And this past weekend, a one-point loss against the Aggies in College Station after enjoying a 17-0 lead heading into halftime. The 24-23 final was obviously much closer than the decisions against the Bulldogs or the Trojans, but head coach Mike Gundy said at Monday's media luncheon the mood in the locker room afterward was like nothing he had seen while at OSU.

"Our locker room was extremely disappointed - the most I'd seen since I've been here," Gundy said. "Our team believed that they could win the football game. They made some plays early in the third quarter and we made some mistakes that contributed to them coming back. Truth is, if Dantrell (Savage) doesn't put the ball on the ground and we don't bust on the 6-inch-line, we're probably not talking about this today. But that's the way it is."

And with that, the Pokes' road struggles continue. It was indeed a bitter pill to swallow for the Cowboys (3-3 overall, 1-1 Big 12), who actually played well on the road this time out. The first half was as close to perfect as you can get on either side of the ball, as OSU scored 17 points on offense and pitched a shutout on defense. But after the lead started melting away and the Aggies started making a comeback, the Cowboys managed to hang in there even after momentum shifted. After A&M took a 24-20 lead, the Cowboys drove back down the field and kicked a field goal late in the fourth quarter. The goal was to force the Aggies to go three and out. That's what happened, but when A&M punted, Quinton Moore jumped up over the shield defense in front of the punter and fell into him, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and effectively ending any chance at a comeback for the Cowboys.

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