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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys fans band together for their team, against Sports Illustrated

by John Helsley Published: September 14, 2013

Mike Gundy said it started with The Walk, where a massive gathering swelled to escort the Cowboys into Boone Pickens Stadium.

“It would be as competitive and as good a walk as we've ever had,” Gundy said. “There was just a lot of people. I think they have a lot of pride and they wanted to come out and show that pride.

“The feeling you got on campus, six, eight, 10 hours before kickoff. And then tonight.”

Pat Innis and her husband arrived early from Tulsa to show their support.

“We still bleed orange,” she said. “And we believe in these boys. And we believe in these coaches. You can't talk about something that happened 10 years ago.

“We came up here early just to watch them walk in and give them our support.”

The support started earlier in the week with former players speaking out against what SI had been writing. Saturday offered OSU's fans their first real opportunity to publicly voice their support.

“It's been a little bit disappointing,” Edmond's Ken Lake said of the week that was. “But it's also been kind of rewarding, because the stuff I hear and read I know is based on half-truths, innuendos and disgruntled football players. The people I know in the program, I respect, and I feel like they're running a pretty good program.

“You could see, it was a pretty good crowd here tonight. Lamar, you probably wouldn't see that big of a crowd. So it was different. And I was proud to show up, wearing my orange for the university.”

Andrews wore his own shirt.

“When the articles first came out, they had the words ‘allegedly' written all over them,” he said. “I don't know, the word just kind of stuck in my head. And I thought it'd be cool to have some shirts printed up.

“If I would have had a hundred, I could have sold 100 of them.”