But the highlight the afternoon was the end. Twenty 7-on-7 plays. Forty-two 11-on-11 plays. Full contact and a fair amount of tackling.
And the best of all, the first-team offense played a fair amount against the first-team defense. You got to see guys playing together like they will in real live games this fall. Of course, reserves were inserted here and there, but that’s how it is in games, too.
Some folks might’ve wanted more plays, but frankly, the sixtysomething that the Cowboys ran combined between 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 seemed like plenty.
The truth is, about the only thing that could’ve been better Saturday afternoon was attendance. The crowd was way down. Only about 2,500 fans showed up on a glorious, wonderful spring afternoon.
That might’ve hurt merchants in Stillwater as much as anyone. Still, the fraternities and sororities were holding Mom’s Weekend and the campus was hosting a big recruitment event for high school juniors, so I suspect business was booming pretty good.
I’m not sure the team minded the small turnout either, though it would’ve been better had OSU played up the fact that the afternoon would include what amounted to a mini-scrimmage. Make that the centerpiece of promotions. Say it again and again.
Fans might not have realized just how much they were going to be able to see.
Some folks likely stayed away because they were frustrated about not having a spring game, which came on the heels of Gundy not having a signing day event. Not having a spring game meant the Cowboys weren’t going to lure a regional or national TV broadcast, but those spots are rare. Down the road in Norman, the Sooners have one of the top teams heading into next season, but ESPN isn’t coming to town for the spring game Saturday.
Much like Texas A&M, TCU and Pitt — none of them are having a spring game this year either — OSU has indicated that scraping the spring game isn’t a permanent change. This was a unique year. Lots of new players. Several key injuries. The coaches decided it would be better to have a practice instead of a game.
But after Saturday, I’d be fine if the Orange-White Game gave way to the Orange Blitz.
Even the name is growing on me.
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