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Nothing quite like Saturday night for Cowboys in Austin

Oklahoma State ends years of frustration in Austin with a 33-16 win over the Texas Longhorns. It was the first win in Austin for the Cowboys in 66 years.
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 14, 2010 at 9:42 am •  Published: November 13, 2010

To soothe the souls tortured by a disastrous season and a six-point deficit, Longhorn officials played some Willie Nelson during a break with 11:25 left in the second quarter.

“There's nothing quite like Texas on a Saturday night,” Willie crooned over the Royal-Memorial Stadium loudspeakers.

Two plays later, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden lofted a deep ball, Cowboy superstar Justin Blackmon outmuscled stud cornerback Aaron Williams for the catch and jogged into the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown.

And the Cowboys to a man had to agree with ol' Willie. When you end 13 years or 66 years or ever how many years you want to count, when you send half the crowd home by halftime, when you beat the Longhorns 33-16, there really is nothing quite like Texas on a Saturday night.

“It was fun,” said cornerback Andrew McGee. “A lot of fun. It's good to say you beat Texas.”

This is a night OSU players and fans will remember forever. And should.

Texas is down and mostly out. Out of ideas. Out of hope. Out of maybe bowl prospects soon, with a 4-6 record. These Cowboys should whack these Longhorns.

But when you haven't beaten Texas since 1997, and not in Austin since 1944, you never know.

You knew after Blackmon's touchdown, which gave the Cowboys a 16-3 lead and set the rout in motion. It was 26-3 at halftime, and the second half was played for grins, mostly on the faces of long-suffering Cowboy fans whose decades of dreaming are finally paying off.

Mike Gundy knew of the apprehension. The Texas domination of the series. The ridiculous comebacks. Gundy received a lot of text messages during the week, and he would respond, “You sound nervous.” Friends would reply, “Should I be?”

No. We all knew — or should have known — this was coming. But until you see it, there's always that doubt.

“This was really special for Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “I'm really happy for our fans. We want the Oklahoma State followers to wave their flag, stand tall and say they're from Oklahoma State. I think tonight will help them do that.”

No one smiled more broadly than OSU's No. 1 fan. No, not Boone Pickens (though he was happy, too). Athletic director Mike Holder, who years ago declared it was time State became a football school, knew the import of this victory.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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