STILLWATER — The Cowboys turned back the clock Thursday night. Back in black. For the first time since 1994, Oklahoma State donned black football uniforms, finally revealing a look that had been rumored for months.
The uniforms, delivered by Nike, featured black pants and jerseys, with white numbers and names, trimmed in orange. The name COWBOYS, also in orange, stretched across the chest. The players stuck with white helmets, yet the brand logo was a reverse setting that featured more black. The Cowboys wore black uniforms under coach Pat Jones in the early ’90s, through much prodding of the former coach. Efforts in the late ’80s, with teams that featured Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes, were denied by Jones, even after black uniforms were ordered and delivered. "I didn’t like the looks of ’em,” Jones said at the time. So the uniforms were boxed up and stored. Instead, Jones himself took to wearing all black during games, "because it makes you look a little trimmer,” he said. Finally, for the Bedlam game in 1992, he relented, and the Cowboys managed a tie that produced their first non-loss in the series since 1976. For the season opener against Southwest Missouri State the following year, black was back again. The Cowboys wore black for home games that year. No word yet when we might see them again.