The unranked Oklahoma State Cowboys went toe-to-toe with the defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles for 60 minutes before falling 37-31 in Arlington, Texas Saturday night.
The youngest team in the nation refused to back down to the veteran Seminoles, and showed the Cowboys have a bright future ahead of them.
“You don’t ever know what to expect with so many young players on the field,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “But we never saw any fear in their eyes. This team
won’t back down from anybody.”
The Cowboys easily could have laid down late in the second quarter after the Seminoles jumped out to what looked like a commanding 17-0 lead. But OSU scored twice in the final four minutes of the quarter to cut the deficit to 17-10 going into halftime.
The second quarter was a big one for the young Cowboys defense - it was the first quarter in his career in which Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has thrown two interceptions. The Cowboys have now forced at least one turnover in 22 straight games.
Things started with a bang in the second the half. Trailing 20-10 with 10:54 in the third quarter, J.W. Walsh found a wide open David Glidden and connected on a 55-yard touchdown to cut the lead to three Glidden, a Mustang, Oklahoma native, finished with two catches for 74 yards while recording his second career touchdown.
After the Cowboys failed to take the lead later in the quarter, Winston made some miraculous moves to complete a 28-yard touchdown run to put the Seminoles up 27-17 late in the third quarter.
Although he started rough, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the first half, Walsh finished the game strong for his team. He completed 15 of his 27 passes for 203 yards and had one running and one passing touchdown. Walsh also finished with one interception.
The Cowboys had 11 players see playing time for the first time Saturday night against the No.1 team in the nation.
Although they made some freshmen mistakes, Gundy wasn’t upset with his teams performance.
“They made some mistakes,” he said. “But they made some mistakes going full speed. That’s the future of your program.”
One of the many bright spots on the night was transfer Tyreek Hill. Hill lived up to hype dealing with his speed and abilities. He finished with 278 all-
purpose yards, returning punts and kicks in addition to his roles at receiver and running back.
“I thought our offensive staff did a great job of using him,” Gundy said. “They had a really good plan.”
The Cowboys return to Boone Pickens Stadium this Saturday to take on Missouri State in a 2:30 kickoff.