October 7, 2009

Aggies look to learn, but move on from loss

Unlike any other sport, football players have to wait a week between games which can be excruciatingly long after a loss, especially one like Texas A&M's 47-19 loss to Arkansas last weekend. But the successful teams are able to bounce back quickly and push the loss out of the minds early in the week to prepare for the next week's game.

Last season, A&M didn't handle the losses well. According to players, teammates dwelled on the losses as they mounted and in the end the Aggies stumbled to a 4-8 finish. But this season, the Aggies are saying and doing the right things, claiming that morale is high in the locker room and that the loss is already behind them.

It better be with No. 15 Oklahoma State (3-1) heading to College Station to open Big 12 conference play Saturday at Kyle Field.

"Everybody already knows. There isn't really much to be said (about the loss to Arkansas). Everybody knows what happened in the game and what we have to do to fix it," said A&M junior Von Miller. "That's probably the biggest difference between the team this year and last year's team. We understand that we have to do and we understand that Arkansas didn't just come out there and just whoop us. We were beaten. There are no moral victories, but we feel good about coming up against Oklahoma State this weekend."

The Aggies have been talking about different team chemistry since spring drills after several upperclassmen left the program either through graduation, leaving early for the NFL or heading to a different program by transferring. After a loss, however, is when that improved chemistry gets challenged.

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