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.