“We would like to think that we treat them the same as everybody else,” Gundy said. “When the NCAA allows us to provide a meal for them, we do it. Not all schools do that. When the NCAA allows us to do anything that we can for them, within realm, we do it, and we treat them and coach them with respect.”
On Saturday, Bennett's hard work was finally rewarded.
At the start of a drive late in the third quarter, OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton told Caleb Muncrief to get in the game. Then he told Bennett to get ready.
“My heart was beating a little bit,” Bennett said. “It was just what I worked for. My chance.”
Bennett finished with 12 carries for 91 yards, including nine runs on a 10-play drive that Bennett capped with the touchdown.
“I was so tired,” Bennett said. “I just saw the pylon and ran straight for it, dove in the end zone.
“I was in shock. I couldn't believe it happened.”
Bennett's parents, sister, niece and nephew were in the stands, and 91 text messages awaited him after the game. Then came the tweets saying he made “SportsCenter,” before he finally saw it for himself the next day.
This week, Bennett is mimicking Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey on the scout team and won't make the trip to Tucson for OSU's contest against the Wildcats Saturday night.
Who knows the next time he'll get to play for OSU — or if that chance will come again?
Saturday night will be a lasting memory for Bennett, and a feel-good story from an ugly football game.
But he's not yet satisfied.
“No, I want more,” Bennett said. “I'm going to keep working. I want more.”