Oklahoma State: Oregon 'hit harder than we did'

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

My guess is Oregon fans will enjoy this post from my buddy Tim Griffin over at the Big 12 blog.

But before you Ducks go over there and trash talk -- not that you guys would ever do such a thing, of course -- keep this in mind: Oklahoma State's players and coaches never whined or made excuses about how the Holiday Bowl went down. They owned up and gave credit to the Duck -- then and now.

For example, this is what Oklahoma State linebacker Andre Sexton told Griffin:

"It really was embarrassing because that quarterback (Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli) made our players look like they had never made a tackle before. That was pretty sad."

And say what you want about coach Mike "I'm a man!" Gundy, but he didn't mince words:

"What happened to us against Oregon is they hit harder than we did and were tougher than we were in the fourth quarter. Up front they beat us on both sides of the ball. As a staff we were very disappointed in ourselves in our preparation. And our players were disappointed they outhit us in the fourth quarter."

Of course, Oklahoma State plays host to Georgia on Sept. 5 in one of the marquee nonconference games of the year. That might be a more favorable matchup for the Cowboys because the Bulldogs are more of a finesse offense and don't feature as physical a running game as the Ducks do.