Gundy, Cowboys rebuilding confidence after defeat
September, 14, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy got a quick life lesson from his 4-year-old boy, Gage, on how to get over setbacks quickly.
Gage Gundy sliced his foot open Sunday night and received some stitches during a quick trip to the emergency room. His dad can only hope his team is as resilient as it overcomes its loss Saturday to Houston.
“Kids are resilient. I think they overcome things," Gundy said. "He's (Gage) walking around today, he's 4 years old and he doesn't know the difference. I think our guys are the same way.
"It stings now. When you've won and had as much success as we have, they want to win for themselves, for the team and for everybody."
But the loss to Houston convinced the Cowboys they have to return to the drawing board to restore their confidence after their first loss of the season.
Cornerback Terrance Anderson had a simple explanation for what his team needs to do as it prepares for Saturday's game against Rice.
"Go back to work. You've got to go back to work and prepare for the next team," Anderson said. "The season's long still. That was only game two. You have another 12 games to go, so you've got to get back to the next game."
Oklahoma State safety Lucien Antoine had trouble letting go of the loss after it happened -- much like the rest of his team, he said.
"After Saturday, everybody was mad because no one likes to lose," Antoine said. "We were mad, upset. But they're on scholarship just like we are. They came to play and we've got to give them their props."
And just like the lesson from Gundy's son, Antoine said the Cowboys need to forget about their sting and move on.
"What we've got to do is keep our head up because it's a long season," Antoine said. "We've got to go back to work and come ready to play because we know what to expect now. We need to get ready, get better and just go out there and play."
Antoine mentioned defending national champion Florida for a lesson in overcoming early adversity and moving on. The Gators lost their fourth game of the season to Mississippi last season before rebounding to win their last 10 games of the season en route to their second national championship in the last three seasons.
"Last year, Florida lost to Ole Miss and they still won the national championship," Antoine said. "If we look to the past, we're going to keep losing. We have to move on and focus on what's ahead of us because the future is bright. We've got a lot to play for."
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