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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' defense makes statement with stand

OSU seemed certain of victory late at Texas Tech, but Cowboys' defense played for pride, grinding out a goal-line stand, stopping the Red Raiders four straight times — five including a play negated by an offside call — after a pass interference penalty had put the ball at the OSU 2.
by John Helsley Published: November 6, 2013

OSU seemed certain of victory late at Texas Tech, leading 52-34 in the final minutes.

Still, the Cowboys' defense played for pride, grinding out a goal-line stand, stopping the Red Raiders four straight times — five including a play negated by an offside call — after a pass interference penalty had put the ball at the OSU 2.

On fourth down from the 1, linebacker Caleb Lavey stopped Tech running back Kenny Williams for a 1-yard loss. That was play No. 100 for the defense.

“I don't know if words can describe how I was feeling or how my defensive teammates were feeling at that time,” said Cowboys tackle Calvin Barnett. “Even for the offense to know, ‘Man, look at what they just did.' And for our fan base to know that we were still able to hold it up. Those were the plays from 95 to 100 in that whole game. That's the most snaps we've taken all year.

“For us being able to do that was really just a statement. It was about putting up a statement for everybody to see.”

OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer saw and took notice, with pride.

“Unbelievable,” Spencer said. “The game is (over), but they just decided, ‘You are not scoring.'”

OSU, PITT TO PLAY IN 2016-17

OSU and Pittsburgh have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017, the schools announced.

The Panthers will visit Boone Pickens Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016, and Cowboys will play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, 2017. The schools have never met on the football field.

STEWART NOMINATED FOR COURAGE AWARD

Cowboys receiver Josh Stewart is this week's nominee for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, voted on by a select group of members from the Football Writers Association of America and presented at the end of the season.

Stewart's nod stems from his overcoming many adversities in his life. He lost his mother and older brother in a car accident when he was six months old. When he was 5, his father was shot and killed in a struggle for a gun with his paternal grandfather. And in 2005, while living with his grandparents in New Orleans, he was forced to flee when Hurricane Katrina struck.

After moving to Denton, Texas, Stewart became a football standout at Guyer High. He's now in his third season at OSU.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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