2011 was arguably the greatest season in Oklahoma State football history, winning the school`s first Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl.
The only blemish on the schedule that year a road loss to Iowa State.
The current Cowboys are well aware they face similar circumstances, and some of the upperclassmen were even in Ames for that loss.
'Four years ago we were in the same position we are now,' Emmanuel Ogbah, OSU defensive end, said. 'We were 10-0 I think, and we lost to Iowa State at their place. And they had the same record they had last time. We just have to go out their and bring our A game, and just give great effort.'
'We`ve seen that in the 2011 team,' Trace Clark, OSU defensive end, said. 'I know that`s going to get talked about a lot this week. We just take the same approach into every week that we want to be 1-0 at the end of the week. We want to be undefeated this week.'
'Yes, I will tell them about 2011, already have," Glenn Spencer, OSU defensive coordinator, said. "How much that matters I don`t know, but I feel better because I`ve told them about it. What matters is how we`re going to practice tomorrow, to be honest with you.'
'I`ve never really bought into scenarios and revenge and what a team may have done to us last year and what we wanted to do to them this year, and so on and so forth,' Mike Gundy, OSU head football coach, said. 'We are a firm believer in preparation and day-to-day. That`s the easiest way for us to handle those topics.'
The Cowboys head off to Ames Saturday the winners of five straight away from here at Boone Pickens Stadium.