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Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer assures Cowboys' defense isn't giving up

Glenn Spencer knows what this looks like, this four-game losing streak that keeps stacking up bad stats and bad trends.

But he’s assuring, too, that the Cowboys are in it to the end.

To the end of games. And to the end of the season, no matter how many losses pile up, the latest a 28-7 setback to Texas that did major damage to their bowl hopes.

“I loved their eyes in the fourth quarter,” said the OSU defensive coordinator. “They’re not blaming anybody. They’re disappointed we didn’t stop them. They’re disappointed we’re not getting turnovers.

“We keep that going right here,” Spencer said while thumping at his heart with his fingers, “we’re going to be OK.”

That’s not a storyline that sits well with fans right now. Things don’t look OK, not in the Win-Loss column anyway.

The Boone Pickens Stadium crowd has grown accustomed to winning – and winning big.

Now the Cowboys are losing, big.

“I don’t like losing, but I try not to harp on it,” said senior defensive tackle James Castleman. “I hate it. I hate it to the max. But once that game’s over, I can’t think about it anymore. I’ve got to move on for my brothers.”

Eventually, Saturday night, the Cowboys tried to rally and move on within the game.

After surrendering touchdown drives on the Longhorns’ first two possessions, the OSU defense bowed up, getting stops and providing push back, until a late scoring pass delivered a final dagger.

Those opening drives were most disturbing, because it’s a repeat tale.

“We continue to start slow,” Spencer said. “I know it’s the young guys, it’s the youth, and for whatever reason it takes them a while to get adjusted to the speed of the game and the looks and everything.

“They’ve got to realize, just go play. Because once we get settled down, we’re going toe-to-toe with them. You just can’t start off in a hole like that, it’s unfair to everybody. We’re not getting our job done there.

“When we settled in, they started getting after it. And we started knocking them back. But those first two drives…”

The Cowboys aren’t getting turnovers, either.

After making turnovers a defensive staple in recent years, OSU has claimed but nine this season and is still awaiting its first fumble recovery.

Spencer will keep asking for more turnovers. One or two or a few could turn a game and help put an end to this funk.

But, he insists, he can’t ask for more effort.

The Cowboys defense was on the field for 38:37 of the 60 minutes against Texas.

“They weren’t thinking of it like that, though,” Spencer said. “Fourth quarter, they went out there like their hair was on fire. I hear them say, ‘Hey, here’s another opportunity.’ Nobody’s shaking their heads, thinking, ‘Oh, we have to go out there again.’ We’ve got to find that positive.

“Gosh, I was proud of how they were fighting, battling, getting extra-point blocks in the fourth quarter. Getting some tackles for losses.

And upset – they’re so upset on the sideline. They want success so bad. It just rips your gut out that they can’t have it, because they’re fighting.”

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Texas' Johnathan Gray (32) runs past Oklahoma State's Jordan Sterns (13) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris...

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Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's James Washington (28) is brought down by the Texas defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's James Washington (28) is brought down by the Texas defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8b70e77bbe184101d59f705e3a64b059.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) is upended by the Texas defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) is upended by the Texas defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) is upended by the Texas defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7662c78eaccc3a3c5e1990759d2fddc1.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Daxx Garman (12) is sacked by Texas Hassan Ridgeway (98) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Daxx Garman (12) is sacked by Texas Hassan Ridgeway (98) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Daxx Garman (12) is sacked by Texas Hassan Ridgeway (98) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-n_ff768c24de40baa8cdd1977a1e76802e.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy argues a call during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy argues a call during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy argues a call during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-92a0fb8a0c9c4db339de4201f9a6bd58.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Ofa Hautau (98) commits a face mask on Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Ofa Hautau (98) commits a face mask on Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Ofa Hautau (98) commits a face mask on Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-24569d0e417c382f8010f1c5242ddc1f.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Brandon Sheperd (7) can not reach a pass as Texas Duke Thomas (21) defends during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Brandon Sheperd (7) can not reach a pass as Texas Duke Thomas (21) defends during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Brandon Sheperd (7) can not reach a pass as Texas Duke Thomas (21) defends during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ab002087d905556744a3257a5e6d4de9.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Josh Furman (14) sacks Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Josh Furman (14) sacks Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Josh Furman (14) sacks Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5eaff5b4fac3a3acc67a2f033e13a1c4.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State celebrates a James Washington (28) (middle) touchdown in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State celebrates a James Washington (28) (middle) touchdown in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State celebrates a James Washington (28) (middle) touchdown in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4957264d64e84975e7d68bc66666d2ca.jpg" alt="Photo - Firework explode over Boone Pickens Stadium during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Firework explode over Boone Pickens Stadium during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Firework explode over Boone Pickens Stadium during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f0a0b9d2c3fa43fe3c4671a6973cdae4.jpg" alt="Photo - " title=""><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f0591b7a97b311dbcabd870514a6f7cf.jpg" alt="Photo - A host of Oklahoma State defenders tackle Malcolm Brown (28) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="A host of Oklahoma State defenders tackle Malcolm Brown (28) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>A host of Oklahoma State defenders tackle Malcolm Brown (28) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-08665181d2b66dbf1b3aeb3765dd28cd.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah (38) tackles Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah (38) tackles Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah (38) tackles Texas Johnathan Gray (32) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a1d55805edde4583f4b4ee74349fcbc1.jpg" alt="Photo - The Oklahoma State marching band performs at half time during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="The Oklahoma State marching band performs at half time during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>The Oklahoma State marching band performs at half time during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ced05bb8748185e207d4167262027632.jpg" alt="Photo - Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) looks to throw a pass during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) looks to throw a pass during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Texas Tyrone Swoopes (18) looks to throw a pass during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a0f0b38ca2aa3bec8eb052accbc21539.jpg" alt="Photo - Texas Dylan Haines (44) grabs a mary in front of Oklahoma State's James Washington (28) and Brandon Sheperd (7) at the end of the first half during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Texas Dylan Haines (44) grabs a mary in front of Oklahoma State's James Washington (28) and Brandon Sheperd (7) at the end of the first half during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Texas Dylan Haines (44) grabs a mary in front of Oklahoma State's James Washington (28) and Brandon Sheperd (7) at the end of the first half during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-01ed0577c10d57af08616999a5f7850b.jpg" alt="Photo - Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline works with the offense on the sideline during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman " title="Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline works with the offense on the sideline during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline works with the offense on the sideline during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-966a9c6ce2ada73f61a53314b94ba897.jpg" alt="Photo - Texas' Johnathan Gray (32) is brought down by the Oklahoma State defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Texas' Johnathan Gray (32) is brought down by the Oklahoma State defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Texas' Johnathan Gray (32) is brought down by the Oklahoma State defense during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-170f348575c679e1670031df1c867df1.jpg" alt="Photo - Texas' Dylan Haines (44) grabs the face mask of Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill (24) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Texas' Dylan Haines (44) grabs the face mask of Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill (24) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Texas' Dylan Haines (44) grabs the face mask of Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill (24) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-680cb38602ce8e1ed1d5a509bfa77d08.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) takes a picture with head coach Mike Gundy before the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman " title="Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) takes a picture with head coach Mike Gundy before the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) takes a picture with head coach Mike Gundy before the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Boone Pickens Staduim in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure>
John Helsley

John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was... Read more ›

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