OSU's beat down of Arizona sends Cowboy seniors out in style

With a 36-10 victory over Arizona, Oklahoma State turned the Alamo Bowl into a celebration of its finest season ever.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 30, 2010 at 8:55 am •  Published: December 30, 2010

SAN ANTONIO — A pair of meaty hands extended above the Oklahoma State players gathered on the Alamodome turf.

Guns up.

Then, the thumbs came together and the pistols were something else entirely.

A makeshift No. 11.

On the night that OSU reveled in an Alamo Bowl beat down of Arizona, the Cowboys also celebrated the program's most significant bowl victory in decades. This was a game to enjoy for so many reasons.

OSU 36, Arizona 10.

What a grand night.

“It means a lot to the program and also to the seniors,” Cowboy running back Kendall Hunter said as the postgame celebration swirled around him. “There isn't a better way to end it.”

Indeed not.

Cheered on by a massive throng of orange-clad fans, the Cowboys put an exclamation mark on a historic season. They made sure there was no doubt in notching win No. 11.

No other OSU team has ever been able to say it has won that many games. Not the Thurman Thomas teams. Not the Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes squads.

There have been some amazingly talented squads that have worn the Cowboy orange before this bunch, but none won this many games. That this team, a group that had to replace so many seniors and so many standouts, was able to be the first to the 11-win plateau deserves to be celebrated.

Add the way these Cowboys won No. 11, and it's even sweeter.

There was no doubt about the outcome as the Cowboys built a double-digit victory early and never relinquished it. They moved the ball on offense. They came up with turnovers on defense. Even Dan Bailey, filling in for absent Quinn Sharp, made sure the special teams were solid.

“I said, ‘You know what? I'm just going to have fun with it, and whatever happens happens,'” Bailey said of taking over Sharp's punting and kickoff duties.

He smirked.

“It's kind of funny because I messed up on the one thing I've been doing all season,” Bailey said of his missed extra point.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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