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Oklahoma State rewind: Counting down the top 13 moments of the 2013 season (Nos. 7-5)

Gina Mizell Modified: January 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014
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Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of UT's Mason Walters (72) and Kennedy Estelle (77) in the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Continuing to count down the top 13 moments of the 2013 Oklahoma State football season

7. Roland rumbles to 200-yard effort against Iowa State

(5:45 mark)

After making two key offensive personnel switches — re-inserting Clint Chelf at quarterback and retooling the offensive line — the previous week, the Cowboys moved Roland into the starting running back job against the Cyclones.

To say he delivered would be an understatement. He put together one of the best rushing performances in school history, tallying 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-27 Cowboy victory.

His 58-yard score was a thing of beauty, powering through and spinning off tackles and bouncing to the outside on the way to the end zone.

Roland held the starting job for the rest of 2013, finishing with 811 yards and 13 touchdowns.

6. Pick-six, Numero Dos

(3:50 mark)

Justin Gilbert’s resurgent senior season was full of fantastic moments, as the Thorpe Award finalist and consensus All-American tallied seven interceptions.

But this one pick right before the half essentially sealed OSU’s third consecutive win in Austin. Gilbert jumped the route and streaked down the sideline for the 43-yard score to give the Cowboys a 28-10 lead.

It was Gilbert’s second pick-six of the season, with the other coming at Iowa State (which, for a dud game, actually had some pretty great moments).

Gilbert later added a second interception against the Longhorns. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, he injured his shoulder hitting the turf on the play and clearly was not 100 percent in OSU’s final two games against Baylor and Oklahoma.

5. The easiest FF of James Castleman’s life

Bryce Petty had been stopped by the turf monster. Still, Baylor’s sensational offense was knocking on the door for its first touchdown.

But when Shock Linwood inexplicably tried to stretch the ball over the goal line, Castleman swiped it away and recovered it himself.

That goal-line stand sparked a 99-yard touchdown drive by the Cowboys, which completely set the tone for OSU’s massive 49-17 blowout.

Here’s the rest of the countdown:
Plays 13-11
Plays 10-8