The Oklahoma State Cowboys left Tucson with a 59-38 loss to the University of Arizona, and even though OSU was in the game late, the team knows that with four turnovers and committing 15 penalties, a school record, it did not give itself much of a chance to get the win
"We're not good enough to overcome those situations," coach Mike Gundy said. "I'm not sure we were good enough to overcome 15 for 167 or 16 for 167 and four turnovers with the guys we had on offense last year that are starters in the NFL. We want to be aggressive, we want to run the ball on defense, and we want to hit, because if you're not, you're not going to be any good anyway. But, we have to be smart."
Defensively the Pokes haven't allowed that many points since 2008. The unit also did not create a turnover, which is alarming for a group that led the nation in that category last season.
"To give up 59 points and just play as bad as we did on the road like that it was embarrassing," senior defensive end Cooper Bassett said. "You feel bad because you let down yourselves, your teammates, your coaches and your fans down. The one good thing we can pull out of that is it made everyone mad, it embarrassed everybody and so everyone is going to be focused this week. Hopefully the rest of the season we won't let something happen like that again."
Despite three interceptions quarterback Wes Lunt was a bright spot for Oklahoma State. He threw for 436 yards and connected with Tracy Moore for four touchdown passes.
"Me I've go a lot of faith in him," senior receiver Tracy Moore said. "He never panicked, he always stayed in the game. He trusted the game plan and the coaches calls. He's pretty much like Weeden in the pocket."
OSU has never lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, but coach Gundy's squad learned Saturday that you can't take any opponent lightly.
"Everybody's frustrated because of everything that's going on," sophomore receiver Josh Stewart said. "It's tough to go through something like that, and there's nothing you can do about it once it's happened. It's hard for us. We don't want it to happen anymore, so all we have to do is be more of a coachable team and focus more. We're ready to do that, and we're ready to perform on Saturday."