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Oklahoma State football: Kansas transfer Tyler Patmon soaking in the joy of first bowl game

This season has not only delivered more wins than in Tyler Patmon's three seasons as a Jayhawk combined, it's produced a postseason payoff that he's soaking in for all that it offers.
by John Helsley Published: December 25, 2013

Among the highlights:

* A 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown that put the Baylor game out of reach.

“Oh, it was great, to be able to run that far and not have anyone around. That's probably one of my biggest plays. The magnitude of that game and that play, they say, kind of finished them off. So that was definitely a highlight of my season.”

* Road wins at Texas and Texas Tech.

“Being in that locker room at Texas and having that feeling of excitement and everybody feeling like we'd done a good job, that was a great experience. After Texas Tech, to go into their place and them having so much hype and us coming out with a win was pretty special.”

* Beating Kansas.

“It was a game where you struggle with having so much excitement and trying to stay calm at the same time. You can't play out of control at corner, you'll get beat. I was able to stay calm and keep cool and treat it just like any other game. A couple of my old roommates texted me (that week) and of course we were talking a little bit. But at the end of the day, we talked after the game and congratulated each other.”

* An OSU welcome.

“The guys in the secondary have treated me like family. It feels like I've been here for four years rather than one.”

When Patmon first approached Cowboys coaches to discuss the possibility of him transferring in, there was an initial hesitance.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said they went looking for red flags — discipline issues, bad relationships within the team … something amiss — yet discovered none.

Not only has he fit in, he's thrived as a Cowboy, gaining OSU's Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award at the team's season-ending banquet.

“I've told Tyler many times, I'm glad he took a chance on us and saw us as a place where he could finish his career on a good note,” Spencer said. “Hopefully, we've been as good for him as he's been good for us.”

The feeling is mutual.

And for Patmon, the one season will do.

“It's been a great experience,” Patmon said. “To come here and win the number of games we've won … everything I've experienced at Oklahoma State has been great.”

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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