After OSU's 42-6 rout of Kansas, Barry Sanders addressed the Cowboys in the locker room.
On hand as part of a celebration of the 1988 team – which featured more than 60 members back for the reunion – as well as his Heisman Trophy season, Sanders was a popular figure before the game, at halftime and with the current Cowboys.
“It's always good to see him. I think most times he comes to check on car dealerships and banks,” joked OSU coach Mike Gundy, the quarterback on that 1988 squad. “A lot of times, he doesn't tell anyone he's coming. He just likes to show up and be around people.
“He addressed our team in the locker room. He's one of the few guys from back in our generation who our players know who he is. They've seen a lot on him and they have a lot of respect for the type of person and player he was and is, on the playing field and the practice field.
“He did a good job talking to our team after the game.”
Gundy said Sanders' message was familiar.
“A lot of the same things I tell them, and maybe that's our generation,” Gundy said. “Things we believe in; the ability to practice hard when you get to this point in the season. If you really don't want it, then you don't understand college football.
“He also mentioned to them the opportunity they have and to realize how precious a season is. He really did a nice job of explaining the importance of college football and what it's like and he mentioned when you get old like us, you wish you could do it again.”
PETERSON RETURNS WITH BIG PLAY
Cowboys cornerback Kevin Peterson didn't make the trip to Texas Tech last week, left home with a suspected head injury.
He was back in the lineup Saturday and provided a big play early, intercepting KU quarterback Jake Heaps and returning the pick 38 yards to the Jayhawks 34, setting up OSU's second touchdown.
In a matchup with Tony Pierson, Peterson was in tight coverage, then boxed the receiver out for his first career interception.
“They put their best athlete out there, No. 3, and I knew they were going to come after me just then,” Peterson said. “He ran a fade ball, I turned around, pinned him out and went up and got it.
“And after that, it seemed like we had momentum. It was a big momentum swing.”
ROLAND KEEPS SCORING
With KU's defense devoted to stopping the run, Cowboys running back Desmond Roland found little room to run.
Roland finished with 44 yards on 16 carries.
Still, he scored two touchdowns, one on a 3-yard run and another on a 19-yard pass from Clint Chelf, continuing his trend for finding the end zone.
In his last three games, since being inserted as the starter, Roland has produced nine touchdowns.
“It feels great,” Roland said. “Not only is it a great feeling for me, but we're winning at the same time, so it's a good feeling.”
FADE WORKS FINE
Chelf passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns against KU.
Two of the scoring throws went to Tracy Moore, both on fade routes, covering 4 and 11 yards.
“It's something me and Clint work on,” Moore said. “We work on a bunch of stuff after practice. We spend about 20 minutes out there after everyone else is gone. We work on a bunch of stuff and the fade route is definitely one of them.
“Credit Clint, he threw the ball well.”
SPENCER ALWAYS WANTS MORE
OSU's defense dominated, allowing but two field goals and turning away the few Jayhawk drives that turned into threats.
Still, Cowboys coordinator Glenn Spencer was looking for more.
“We had one, that was disappointing,” said Spencer, whose goal is five takeaways per game. “We need to get more. We know that and kept talking about it. It just didn't happen.
“We'll have to look at the film and see if there were some more opportunities where we could have had more, and if we didn't capitalize on them, that's an issue.”
For this game, however, Spencer conceded it a minor issue.
The Cowboys stopped Kansas on two of their fourth-down tries, which counts, too.
“In our room, we consider fourth down stops turnovers, too,” Spencer said. “I know of a couple of fourth-down stops we had late in the game when they went for it. That's a big success for us.”
* OSU's captains Saturday: defensive tackle Anthony Rogers, fullback Teddy Johnson, Chelf and cornerback Tyler Patmon, who transferred from Kansas after starting three years for the Jayhawks.
* Tight end Zac Veatch and safety Lyndell Johnson made their first career starts. So far, 12 Cowboys have made their first career starts.
* The Cowboys posted their eighth straight home win, matching the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history. OSU is 16-1 in their last 17 games at Boone Pickens Stadium.
* With Saturday's win, the Cowboys moved to 8-1, marking the fourth time in the last six seasons that OSU has been at least 8-1 through nine games. Before Gundy took over as coach in 2005, the Cowboys had only four starts of 8-1 or better in 102 years of football.
* Jeremy Smith's TD run moved him into a tie with Tatum Bell for sixth place on the school's career rushing touchdowns list.