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OSU follows Pickens’ lead, cleans up vs. Missouri State

By John Rohde Published: September 3, 2006
STILLWATER - Ninety minutes before Saturday night’s season-opening kick, Boone Pickens was spotted in a men’s restroom of the ever-expanding stadium that bears his name.

Oklahoma State’s phavorite philanthropist was wiping up excess water around some sinks.

“Um, Sir. Aren’t you a bit overqualified to be doing that kind of work?” Pickens was asked.

“Naw, I just hate messes,” said the smiling gabillionaire, finishing the chore.

Pickens’ favorite football team promptly went out and cleaned up the mess it left last September.

OSU freshman Perrish Cox went 96 yards for a touchdown on the season-opening kickoff.

From there, the Cowboys did what any respectable Division I-A team would do against a mediocre I-AA opponent. They were completely disrespectful, beating the Bad News Bears 52-10 before a crowd of 41,393.

This one was over the instant Cox caught the opening kickoff, so it’s hard to tell what, if anything, the lopsided triumph proved.

Cox also returned two punts for 31 yards, which I guess answers the question as to whether he’ll have much of an impact on special teams this year.

Other curiosities also were satisfied:

  • Freshman linebacker Chris Collins sniffs out ball carriers like a hound, is as aggressive as a Doberman, and hits like a boxer. He also blocks punts (third quarter).

  • It’s time people learned to pronounce the last name of freshman running back Keith Toston (TOAST-en), seeing how he scored two touchdowns on his first three touches.

  • Sophomore quarterback Bobby Reid knows how to throw, completing 8 of 17 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns. But apparently some of his receivers forgot how to catch. There were at least five dropped passes, including 2½ by the normally flawless D’Juan Woods, who still had to chutzpa to outleap a defender and sprint in a for a 72-yard touchdown with :08 remaining in the first half.

  • At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, junior wide receiver Adarius Bowman - three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown - certainly knows how to mistreat cornerbacks.
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