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Oklahoma State football: Why play in San Antonio?

Cowboys get a 2-for-1 deal. OSU will get Roadrunners twice in Stillwater.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 4, 2013


Much has been made about the disagreements of whether OSU should have played a team the quality of Mississippi State in the season opener last Saturday at Houston.

Coach Mike Gundy thought it was a bad idea. Athletic director Mike Holder and megabooster Boone Pickens thought it was a good idea.

The real question is: Why is OSU playing Texas-San Antonio in San Antonio this Saturday?

The answer, of course, is the Cowboys get a 2-for-1 deal. UTSA will play in Stillwater twice to return the favor of OSU playing in the Alamodome.

All those home games Gundy craves? The opponents have to come from somewhere, and a 2-for-1 deal is one way to get them.

But Gundy made an excellent point Monday in talking about the challenge of playing a fledgling program like UTSA on the road.

“We hope the maturity of our team will come forth in practice this week,” Gundy said. “I thought some of the big games we've played in over the last four, five years here helped us in the game Saturday.

“But we've been in this situation before, played teams that they're putting everything into this game. We have to be mature enough in our preparation and handle that responsibility and getting ready and going down and play the game the way we needed to play.”


Thanks to his two sons, Glenn Spencer has seen the GIF (a short animation photo) of himself jumping and expressing raw excitement after a big defensive stop during the Cowboys' dominating performance against Mississippi State in his first game as the full-time defensive coordinator.

“I'm normally not like that, because I'm thinking about the next play,” Spencer said. “So that was kind of strange. I guess I've got to be careful with what I do on the sideline now. Being in the box, I didn't have to worry about that.”

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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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