STILLWATER — Dantrell Savage had trouble controlling his excitement in the locker room. Not because of Oklahoma State's 41-29 victory against Nebraska. Not because of his 117 yards and two touchdowns either. Not when Barry Sanders is in the house. "Man," the OSU tailback told quarterback Bobby Reid after the game, "I'm fixin' to get an autograph." Safe to say Sanders would oblige. Savage had a game to make the legendary running proud. "I was just finding a hole, just doing what I had to do," Savage said. He makes it sound simple. He makes it look that way, too. Savage, the transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, ran past defenders. Over them. Carried them. "He gives us, ‘OK, it's not blocked the way it's supposed to, and you still get yards,' the way Morency did and Tatum and those guys," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said referring to former OSU tailbacks Vernand Morency and Tatum Bell. "When everything's not blocked right, you'd kind of like a guy who gets you back to the line or makes somebody miss. "He's given us that." Savage has some serious flair, too. "He did a nice little spin move like 21," Gundy said referring to Sanders. "He's actually taller than 21." OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora said, "He's not as little as everybody thinks he is. He's 185 pounds. He's all muscle. "He's got great feet, great balance, and he does a good job with his vision." Savage runs hard, too. He never seems to stop moving his feet, carrying defenders on several occasions Saturday. "Personally, that pumps me up to see a little guy like that go against 6-8 and 6-9 dudes, bouncing around, he's still on his feet then he gets 2 extra yards," Reid said. Could Savage have been motivated by Sanders being on the sidelines? "I don't think it hurts that Barry was here today and all those guys got to see him," Fedora said. "Obviously, they're all in awe of him, but Dantrell, I can't say enough about the spark that he gave us today."
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Dantrell Savage powers past Adam Carriker in the first quarter during the Cowboys’ win over Missouri on Saturday. by Doug Hoke, THE OKLAHOMAN