STILLWATER — K.C. Andrews and his buddies kept receiving cheers and applause and cries of approval for their t-shirts Saturday night.
On the front: “Allegedly.”
On the back: “SI Sucks.”
Consider it the sentiment of the week around Stillwater and wherever Oklahoma State fans love their Cowboys, in the wake of Sports Illustrated's ongoing five-part unflattering exposé of the program.
The game, OSU's first at home this season, was over early and offered no drama in a 59-3 rout.
Still, it was cathartic for the fans, who filed in to form the largest crowd in Boone Pickens Stadium history at 59,061.
The t-shirts were cathartic, too.
As much as Jeremy Smith or Blake Jackson or any number of Cowboys on the defense Saturday night, Andrews may have been Mr. Popularity. The owner of the Cowboy Travel Plaza at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 51, Andrews hatched an idea earlier in the week to produce some t-shirts reflecting the thoughts of most OSU supporters.
He had 30 printed, which were handed out to everyone at his tailgate.
And they became the talk of the night wherever he and his pals strode.
“Oh my gosh, I can't even explain it,” Andrews said. “There's so many positive comments coming from people. All day long, we were getting comments. There were people coming up, ‘Man, let me get a picture of that shirt, it's awesome.'
“We took group pictures with the shirts. Even walking down the stands coming out, I heard three or four people making comments, ‘Hey, I love your shirt!' A lot of positive feedback.”
Said Danny Stunkard, who was also sporting one of the shirts: “I've had 150 comments on the shirts. We've been taking pictures. It's been a pretty good scene.”
And it was quite a scene before, during and after the game.