OU punter Tress Way turns into Sooners MVP

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2009 at 7:00 am •  Published: November 29, 2009

NORMAN — Growing up, Tress Way dreamed of being on the other sideline of Bedlam.

Cheering the orange and black, Way hoped one day to earn a football scholarship to Oklahoma State. Yet despite developing into an all-state punter at Tulsa Union High School his senior year, a scholarship offer never came.

Instead, the Cowboys offered Way's good friend and punting camp rival, Quinn Sharp.

"I was real disappointed at the time," Way recalled. "But then a few weeks later, coach (Bob) Stoops offered.

"And my dad told me, 'Now you just get to beat them for the next four years.'"

Saturday at Owen Field, Way did all he could to aid in a beat-down of his former favorite team, as Oklahoma rolled past the No. 12-ranked Cowboys, 27-0.

Although the OU defense obliterated OSU's shell of an offense, Way turned out to be the most valuable Sooner of the day.

By averaging a school-record 58.8 yards on his six punts, not only did Way alter the field position in OU's favor early on when both offenses were stagnant, but he took OSU's best chance of scoring — punt returner Perrish Cox — out of the game.

Cox, who returned a punt for a touchdown last week against Colorado, was only able to field two punts for a total of six yards against Way.

But Way did more than just limit Cox's chances.

Case in point: With OU facing fourth down on its own 19-yard line in the first quarter and OSU coming off a decent offensive possession, the momentum was beginning to shift the way of the Cowboys.

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