Reality Check Delivered: No. 5 Oklahoma State Falls to Houston

Curtis Finchum@CRose24Correspondent ISeptember 14, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rain flowed through Stillwater, Oklahoma the week following the biggest season opening win in Oklahoma State's history. 

The hype and promise floating through the university streets were exceptional. The Cowboys had appeared for a second time on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Cowboys powered through the SEC's no. 13 Georgia Bulldogs at the their own game. With a convincing win, 24-10, the Cowboys launched themselves into national title conversations around the country. 

The Cowboys flew to number five in the AP Polls for the first since 1987. Even though the offense struggled against Georgia, it wasn't like the Cowboys weren't used to season opening offensive struggles. 

Senior Zac Robinson and his offense, even out of sync, managed to produce just enough fire power to get by, and seemed poised to return to form. 

It looked as if the Cowboys might do what many believed to be impossible, and find a way to take control of the Big XII. 

But as Saturday September 12, 2009 came, the dreary weather that plagued Stillwater, continued. 

The Cowboys prepared and walked into Boone Pickens Stadium to face a sea of orange clad fans and the visiting Houston Cougars. 

The Cowboys did not know what the afternoon would hold for them. 

Robinson and company took the field and waltzed right into a well laid trap by Houston. 

The spread offense that Houston used against the Cowboy was so effective that the Cougars were up 24-7 at halftime. The Cowboys succeeded in scoring in the first half, but the struggles offensively continued until midway through the second quarter. 

Robinson, Dez Bryant, and a mixture of Keith Toston and Beau Johnson refused to die in the second half however, as the Cowboys rallied and reeled off 21 straight points to give the Cowboys the lead, 28-24.

It seemed as if it was going to be a repeat of last year, when the Cowboys were exposed and down 16-7 at the half in Houston, but won 56-35. 

However, the Cowboys failed to finish this game. Andre Sexton and his defense did everything they could, but in the end they didn't tackle well enough to contain Houston quarterback Case Keenum or his extremely explosive set of receivers and skill players. 

Now many critics across the country are questioning the heart that the Cowboys have, and if they were, in fact, an overrated team. 

Equipped with some of the most explosive players in the country on offense, and a very athletic but young defense, the Cowboys still have time to fix the problems.

Though their chances at a national title have been cut to extremely thin ice, the Cowboys still have a chance at redemption, and what could be destiny with a mixture of making history. 

The hype in Stillwater has in fact subsided at the moment, but it has not yet died, the excitement for this season still builds within the depths of every fans heart with the mere thought that the Cowboys find a way to pull it all back together. 

Next up is Rice and Grambling State, then its into the Big XII schedule. Its time to dawn the pads, review the horrific film from Saturday, hit the practice field and go back to work. 

Cowboy nation is waiting for a chance at redemption and so are Mike Gundy's Cowboys. Be watchful football fans, a storm is brewing in Stillwater, Oklahoma.