STILLWATER — Josh Fields still fondly recalls the scene in the aftermath of a game marked by Oklahoma State fans simply for its score: 16-13. "I remember seeing all these OU fans crying,” the former Cowboys quarterback said in a recent telephone interview. "That’s what I remember most.”
That was 2001, the last time OSU won in Norman — a game that saw roses once clutched with hope by Sooners fans lay wilted and trampled around Owen Field. As the Cowboys prepare for another trip down I-35, there are similarities to 2001, most notably a struggling Sooner offensive line that leaves the offense — and the team — vulnerable. That was the case in 2001, when a developing OSU defensive line that featured Kevin Williams and LaWaylon Brown dominated OU’s front, resulting in seven sacks of Sooner quarterback Nate Hybl and a net rushing total of zero yards. While there’s no Kevin Williams along this year’s Cowboys front, it is a defensive line that has played well, with blitzing linebackers also becoming a major factor. Opposite a makeshift OU offensive line that seems to change daily due to injuries, the Cowboys seemingly own an advantage in what may be the most critical matchup in this edition of Bedlam. The Cowboys of 2001 and 2009 share underrated offensive weapons, too. The earlier version featured the breakouts of Fields, Rashaun Woods and Tatum Bell. This team boasts veterans in Zac Robinson and Keith Toston, yet it’s a cast that goes underappreciated outside of Stillwater. And there are players with on-the-cusp potential, too, like wide receivers Hubert Anyiam and Justin Blackmon. Fields and Woods became instant heroes with their late touchdown connection that became the game winner and "The Catch.” Woods went high for the grab, pulling it down right in front of the OSU section of seats. "Even with all those OSU fans screaming, it really wasn’t loud,” Woods said last week.