If the show Survivor were around in the '60s, it would have been based in Stillwater.
Cutchin worked those Cowboys so hard and so long, many quit. And those who didn't considered it.
“I wanted to quit,” Francis said. “My mother said, ‘Well, you can if you want to, but don't come home. I don't have any place for you.' I said, ‘I guess I'll stay then.'
“I graduated in five years and I've got a degree and that's one of those stories you have. I guess we put a lot of sweat, a lot of tears and a lot of blood was spread throughout the whole four years we were there.”
Garrison's journey was different, which likely helped him stick it out.
Coming out of Lewisville High in Texas, OSU was Garrison's only scholarship offer.
“When you've only got one to choose from, it doesn't take long to make up your mind,” Garrison said. “But a great school. Had a great time. And I go back every chance I can. I'm probably going to couple or three games this year.”
Besides, Garrison's grandson, Case Garrison, just arrived at OSU on a wrestling scholarship, so Walt has added incentive to venture into Stillwater. Not that he needs a reason to go back.
“Like I've always told people,” Garrison said, “everything that I have I owe to Oklahoma State.”