The no. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys were without quarterback Spencer Sanders on Saturday in Lawrence, but that was just one of the many issues that led to the eventual 37-16 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. Player injuries piled up, the defense couldn’t stop making mistakes, and a season that looked so bright just a few weeks ago now looks doomed for mediocrity.
The Defense is a Mess
I don’t even know what to say at this point. Injuries aside, the defense has to figure A LOT out if they want to have a chance at winning another game this season. Yet again, the Cowboys gave up big plays that resulted in touchdowns, and with the offense in shambles, there was no way Oklahoma State could keep up.
Supposedly defensive coordinator Derrick Mason gave a heated halftime speech, but it didn’t exactly work. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see if any improvements are made next weekend, but I don’t really feel optimistic about major changes coming instantly.
What’s Left to Salvage?
If you had told me at the beginning of the season that the Cowboys would be 6-3 at this point in the season, I probably wouldn’t be thrilled, but I’d be content. Oklahoma State was expected to win around 8 games, and they’re still on track to do that. However, a couple of weeks ago it looked like the Cowboys were still on track to make a repeat appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game. Since then, this team has fallen apart, in some ways literally.
It’s hard to look at the bright side at this point when it looks like, realistically, Oklahoma State could go 6-6 to end the regular season. Depending upon who can get healthy, what adjustments can be made, and what type of game plan the coaching staff can put together headed into the next few weeks, it really is hard to say just how the rest of the season will play out.
Still, regardless of all the odds stacked up against the Cowboys, the focus moving forward can be summed up in a simple phrase: get ready for the next one. It’s easy to look back at the losses and feel sorry for yourself, but that isn’t going to help anything. I’m not sure who is going to be available, but whoever ends up playing absolutely has to be prepared and ready to go. There are still games to be played, there’s still a bowl game to play, and when it comes down to it, the Cowboys can still salvage the season and turn it into a pretty good year.
Headed Home to Host Iowa State
With back-to-back losses in the state of Kansas behind them, the Cowboys now look forward to playing once again in front of the home crowd in Stillwater. Next Saturday Oklahoma State will host the Iowa State Cyclones (4-5). The Cyclones grabbed their first conference win on Saturday when they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers . Iowa State has been at the bottom of the conference all season long, but no game is guaranteed at this point for the Cowboys with so many issues that need resolving.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 2:30 PM CT, and it will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.