Oklahoma State’s high hopes have been replaced with a frustrating life lesson.

The Cowboys entered the season expecting to contend a Big 12 title, but last week’s 41-13 loss to rival Oklahoma made reaching the championship game a long shot and left them reeling.

“When you put a lot into something like we do every week, specifically a game like Bedlam where there’s a lot of talk in state — most of the players know each other and so on and so forth … and you don’t come out with the result that you want, it’s going to be painful,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “And it should be.”

Oklahoma State (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) faces Texas Tech (3-5, 2-5) on Saturday in its final home game of the season. Gundy said the it’s time for the 21st-ranked Cowboys to dust