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Oklahoma State-Texas A&M: Defending the Big 12's honor

COMMENTARY – An Oklahoma State victory would strike a blow for Big 12 pride. The conference could use some.
BY BERRY TRAMEL Published: September 23, 2011

But the Aggie ballplayers have found motivation for this game, recalling OSU's late touchdown in 2008, capping a 56-28 rout.

A&M tailback Cyrus Gray said that TD irked the Aggies, “especially coach (Mike) Sherman. He's a classy guy, and we try to do things the classy way here, so hopefully this year we can get our revenge.”

You'd think a program that has been beaten 77-0 in the last decade wouldn't get all worked about Zac Robinson's seven-yard touchdown run that made it 56-28 with 1:48 left. But whatever.

Time was, the Cowboys struggled in this series, losing the first six meetings of the Big 12 era. But starting with the 2002 game, OSU has won five of nine, including three straight, and A&M's two victories before that (2006, 2007) were each by one point.

“It's like a fight club,” said OSU offensive tackle Jonathan Rush. “You're bred to not like those people. But I love my conference more than I love any other conference.”

The Aggies aren't claiming much Big 12 ties anymore. They just want the trophy. OSU sure could help Big 12 morale with a victory.

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