December is always a transitional month. There’s bowl preparation, recruiting, non-conference basketball, end of the year, Christmas, etc. So in reflection of the football season I’ll be going through each game of the football season, looking back on what happened for MSU in 2013.
Oklahoma State was picked by many to win the Big 12, and they nearly did. If they hadn’t lost to West Viginia (who went 4-8) the Cowboys would have most likely been playing for a berth in the BCS title game Saturday vs. OU. Still, they were 10-2 this year. So we all knew this would be a really tough game for State to win, but we had a chance. After the game it felt like we blew an opportunity to win because our defense held them to 21 points, but the offense was inept with Tyler Russell’s injury, poor play-calling, getting dominated up front and lack of execution.
While not many expected State to win this game, the 21-3 final score and the way it was played left many, including myself, bewildered as to what had happened in Houston. We came out of the game with more questions than going in. And to top it off Jay Hughes and Justin Malone went down for the season with injury.
Here’s some links to stuff written about the game:
Scott Stricklin sent out a tweet taking the heat for even playing OSU – it raised the question of how he viewed our football program.