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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys state their BCS case with a defensive domination worthy of the SEC's best

COMMENTARY — With all the talk about a defensive showcase in the BCS title game, Oklahoma State showed it's worthy with one of the finest performances in school history. The 44-10 victory over Oklahoma convinced Bob Stoops' to vote the Cowboys a spot in the national championship game.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 4, 2011 at 12:52 am •  Published: December 4, 2011

And a certain benefactor did the same.

Boone Pickens said OSU deserves to be in New Orleans “for all the right reasons.” He said he “just can't imagine” an LSU-Bama rematch. “It looks like an SEC closed system if that happens.”

The Cowboys have Bob Stoops' vote. “I don't know what will happen,” Stoops said. “But I know I'll vote LSU No. 1 and Oklahoma State No. 2.”

Stoops, Pickens and Gundy are right. OSU does deserve to be on Bourbon Street, and here's why.

The Cowboys won the best conference. Don't look now, but the Big 12 has been the highest-ranked conference all season by the computers.

OSU's only loss was a bad defeat – to Iowa State – but it did come on the road and double overtime and, here's the kicker, the day they learned of the plane crashed that killed Cowgirl women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others. I was at OSU's team hotel that day, and it was a gloomy place. The Cowboys were in a funk, even when taking a 24-7 lead at Ames.

And Gundy is right. Bama had its shot. Let's try someone else.

“I think we deserve it,” said OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick, as good a pick as any for best player on the field Saturday night. “That was a convincing win over OU, who's a great team. We held 'em to 10 points. I don't think anybody wants to see another rematch with no touchdowns.”

Wait a minute, big boy. Don't go selling the Cowboys short. Who knows what OSU's defense could produce? The Sooner offense misses Ryan Broyles, but it remained a scoring machine. And the Cowboys made OU look blah.

“We were ready, we were fired up,” Blatnick said. “We just kept after ‘em. Didn't let up.”

Gundy called it one of the best defensive performances ever at OSU, which befits a night so full of history. A night that at the least makes the Cowboys relevant again in the national championship discussion and at the most will put OSU in New Orleans.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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