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OSU home for opener, but against tough foe

BRANDON CHATMON Published: August 9, 2009
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has opened on the road six of the past eight seasons, and the only two times the Cowboys hosted their opener, they faced inferior opponents.

That changes this season when No. 13-ranked Georgia visits Stillwater to open the 2009 season. Here’s a look at OSU’s season openers since 2000:

2000: at Tulsa, Chapman (formerly Skelly) Stadium, OSU 36-26

Coming off a 5-6 season, OSU took a 21-point first-quarter lead and held off Tulsa’s rally. Reggie White rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Cowboys finished 3-8.

2001: at Southern Mississippi, Roberts Stadium, So. Miss 17-9

The Cowboys lost four fumbles and were held to 45 rushing yards as they lost Les Miles’ first game as head coach. OSU finished 4-7 in Miles’ first year.

2002: at Louisana Tech, Independence Stadium, La. Tech 39-36

OSU suffered one of its most disappointing defeats of the year, squandering an 18-point lead in the second half. OSU finished 8-5, including wins over Nebraska and Oklahoma.

2003: at Nebraska, Memorial Stadium, Nebraska 17-7

OSU opened the season at No.


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