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Oklahoma State football: At Cowboy Caravan, fans celebrate 2011 season

Oklahoma State fans cheered while watching a football highlight video, paid tribute to the late Kurt Budke, and posed with the Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl trophies at Tuesday's event.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: August 7, 2012

In the weeks and months that followed Oklahoma State's historic 2011 football season, Raymond Pappe did not need to think much about his wardrobe choice each day.

“For a long time, I wore something OSU every time I stepped out the door,” said Pappe, a 1958 OSU graduate from Oklahoma City.

That included the black and orange polo Pappe wore for Tuesday night's Cowboy Caravan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which served as a final way for OSU fans in Oklahoma City to celebrate the year that was.

Fans burst into cheers when a football highlight video showed Richetti Jones' fumble recovery for a touchdown against Oklahoma. They paid tribute to the late Kurt Budke and the women's basketball team's WNIT championship. They posed with the Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl championship trophies.

But the event was highlighted by a 45-minute appearance by Mike Gundy, where he spoke about his 2012 team and answered questions about topics ranging from recruiting to plays run out of specific formations to the possibility the Cowboys will wear orange helmets this season.

“Having (Mike) Gundy lead this program to where it is now is just fabulous,” said Andrea Jarman, 30, of Oklahoma City. “I get goose bumps when I talk about the Cowboys now.

“It's amazing to watch and finally be a part of it. I'm just exhilarated every time we talk football.”

And it's meaningful to Gundy, too, a Midwest City native and former Cowboy quarterback.

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