Oklahoma State football: The Cowboys hope voters won't forget their night to remember

COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State left nothing to chance in a persuasive 44-10 victory over Oklahoma that gave pollsters a lot to consider and its fans everything to cherish.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 4, 2011
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STILLWATER — Long before the final horn sounded, students perched on the wall that surrounds the Boone Pickens Stadium turf.

Waiting.

Waiting to celebrate a Bedlam beatdown.


Waiting to revel in an outright Big 12 title.

Waiting to rejoice over a BCS bowl.

On a night when the field was stormed and the goal posts were felled, the waiting is over for Oklahoma State.

OSU 44, OU 10.

“You couldn't dream of anything like this,” Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis said. “Everything was just flowing for us. The vibe was there.

“It was a special night.”

It sure was.

The weather was marvelous; no Ice Bowl cometh. The house was packed. And the team in orange was best of all.

The Cowboys left nothing to fate or chance or magic. They didn't need a last-second kick or a late-game onsides. They didn't need trickery. They didn't need to worry about Poke Choke or Squinky or any of the other boogie men that have haunted the Cowboys.

They came out and popped the Sooners in the mouth.

Then, they just kept punching.

“We didn't just beat 'em,” Cowboy defensive end Jamie Blatnick said. “We beat 'em good.”

The Sooners came out woofing, running onto the field and going to the far end zone to pray like always but lingering a little too long. They were waiting for the Cowboys to come out, and OU coaches had to retrieve them.

Turned out, their bark was much bigger than their bite.

OU punted or turned over the ball on its first seven possessions. On its first seven, OSU scored 24 points.

The rout wasn't on, but you could feel it coming.

Bob Stoops stood on the sidelines much of the night with a stunned look on his face. The man who makes nearly $5 million a year had no answers.

The offense had no pop. The defense had no fight. OU was a team in shambles.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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