For the Oklahoma State Cowboys, their battle against the Houston Cougars couldn't end quickly enough. The Cowboys were in a world that none thought possible, ranked No. 5 in the nation, everything in Stillwater, OK seemed to finally be turning in their favor.
Case Keenum and his explosive offense, however, did the Pokes a favor. They brought them back to reality, where nothing can be taken for granted.
Now, the Cowboys are being considered an overrated team, which once again can certify them as an underdog, a realm in which they tend to exceed their expectations.
Head coach Mike Gundy and his staff have had time to evaluate what went wrong against Houston. The Cowboy defense did what they could, they avoided letting the big play occur, but failed to tackle, so in essence they shot themselves.
The Cowboy offense continued its struggles, not getting into any kind of rhythm until near the end of the second quarter.
As Cowboy fans from all around left Boone Pickens Stadium that afternoon, they disappointment was enhanced by the darkened sky.
Questions began surrounding the Cowboy program, asking if they should've been considered a title contender in the first place.
But for senior Zac Robinson, this was his chance to make history for his school, he'd worked to hard for all of it to go to waste.
Robinson has been called the "general" of this Cowboy team, and history has shown that he is more than capable of erupting from his slow start and carrying the Cowboys back into the spotlight.
Though an injury to star tailback Kendall Hunter will cause backups Keith Toston and Beau Johnson to step up (which they are more than capable of doing), the Cowboy offense looks poised to burst out of its chains that have slowed it so heavily.
Star wide-out Dez Bryant has been solid, but not spectacular, though he has made some outstanding grabs for touchdowns. Bryant has yet to "take over" a game this season and has suffered from cramps during the first two games.
The Cowboys now have two games to prepare for the Big XII Conference schedule. As Rice and Grambling State come to Stillwater, it's a chance for Robinson and company to hit their stride and get back into rhythm.
That's not the only thing they need to do either. A sea of orange clad fans whose thoughts of competing for an NCAA Title are also on the Cowboys minds.
This is their chance to reinvigorate and re-energize their nation. They need to rid both the fans and themselves of the bitter taste of disappointment that can still be found after just a mere glimpse of their record.
Ten games remain in the season, a season that has already been filled with both ecstasy and agony. The Cowboys have ever chance to do what they set out to do from the beginning by wearing the wrist bands that bare the date of the Big XII Conference Championship game.
Ten games, it seems like eternity, but it will go by faster than expected. Robinson and his team have no time to waste, they must return the electricity and excitement back to Stillwater and to Oklahoma State football.
Time for Gundy and his troops to return to war.
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