NCAA FB

Okla St faces familiar foe Missouri in bowl game

Share This Story

   
 

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)

The Cotton Bowl Classic wasn't where No. 13 Oklahoma State wanted to wind up playing at the end of the season.

But now that's the destination, and the Cowboys will take some solace in the friendly surroundings and familiar foe.

After losing to No. 11 Oklahoma in the final 19 seconds back on Dec. 7, a loss that cost them the Big 12 Conference championship and a trip to the BCS, the Cowboys are preparing to face No. 9 Missouri.

The Tigers are coming off a 59-42 defeat to No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship game, reaching the final in just their second season since leaving the Big 12, where they resided since 1996.

But while there is considerable familiarity between the opponents, as Oklahoma State faces a team it knows fairly well, coach Mike Gundy doesn't necessarily see that as aiding his guys any more than Missouri's.

''They're a good football team and we're playing in a location that benefits us,'' Gundy said of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

''And they're as familiar with us as we are with them. I just think it's a great matchup. I don't know that it's an advantage either way.''

Still, Oklahoma State, which beat the Tigers 45-24 on the road in their last conference matchup in 2011, knows the Tigers' schemes, which should make devising a game plan a bit easier than if the opponent was one they'd never faced.

''They're real similar to the past in their style of play,'' Gundy said. ''They have (32) players from the state of Texas, we have 77 players from the state of Texas.

''It's interesting. They've picked up some other players that are real similar to what they've used in the past. We've had some good battles with them and we've always had a lot of respect for them.''

Of course, being more familiar with their style of play doesn't necessarily mean that Oklahoma State will have an easier time neutralizing them.

''We played them my sophomore year, but they're pretty much the same team as two years ago,'' Missouri linebacker Shaun Lewis said.

''They're just a little more physical up front and the guys are a lot more experienced, so that allows them to play a lot faster in that offense. We watched a ton of film on them and they're impressive.''

Oklahoma State believes it will enjoy a tangible benefit from playing about a four-hour drive from Stillwater, as well as having a sizable contingent of players from North Texas.

''I'm excited. I'm from Dallas, it's right in my backyard,'' said senior linebacker Caleb Lavey, who played high school ball in the Dallas suburb of Celina.

''We get to play in AT&T Stadium. It's going to be special because we're going to be able to bring our families. Most of my family will be there. We have a lot of OSU alumni and students from the area, so we'll be able to bring a lot of orange out, which is good. There will be plenty of noise for the Cowboys there.''

Now that it's been almost two weeks since the defeat at home to their cross-state rival, Oklahoma State's players are finally able to put that game behind them and move on, although it was a difficult process.

''For four or five days, they were in the jar, and then the first practice we had was real average and we made them aware of it,'' Gundy said.

''But they've kind of re-grouped. When things don't go as you want them to, not only in football but in life, time is the best healing process. They were very disappointed that they didn't win and it showed.

''But I think they understand that they're getting ready to play a really good football team, and that if they don't prepare well in practice and focus, they don't have the best opportunity to win. I feel that they've made that transition over the last couple of days.''

Tagged: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

College Football Pick'em on FOX


NCAA FB Videos

Sumlin annoyed by media's Manziel questions Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Kevin Sumlin responds to questions about life after Johnny Football by toying wi...

AJ Pasquale's journey back to UCLA Posted: Jun 17, 2014
UCLA football ops intern AJ Pasquale describes his own personal journey after th...

Winston issued adult civil citation Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Get the latest news surrounding Jameis Winston's recent shoplifting fiasco.

Get Inside the Locker Room with Scout.com

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/759777/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_759000/ff_759777_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_State_Spartans/browse/featuredproduct/760171/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_760000/ff_760171_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White
    Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_USC_Trojans/browse/featuredproduct/761373/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_761000/ff_761373_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/829709/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829709_xl.jpg&w=100 64.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimso..
    Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_LSU_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/829740/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829740_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple
    Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_Sooners/browse/featuredproduct/830935/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_830000/ff_830935_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/861243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861243_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue
    adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Nebraska_Cornhuskers/browse/featuredproduct/861247/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861247_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapback Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1087345/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1087000/ff_1087345_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapba..
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1093431/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1093000/ff_1093431_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash