OSU football: Fans flood Stillwater airport to welcome home their Cowboys

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: January 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm •  Published: January 3, 2012

Stillwater's Julie Teubner missed out on the trip to Arizona, so she figured showing up at the airport was the next best thing.

“I didn't get to go to the bowl game and I was sorry I didn't get to go,” Teubner said. “So I wantsed to be here.

“I always thought they'd pull it out. It was really exciting to see. It just seems there's something inside these guys, something special that helps them pull these games out. OSU teams of the past didn't do that.”

Stillwater's Joe Nelson knows all about that. He used to work around and rub elbows with many of the people in athletics down the hall in the assistant business manager's office. Now he's across campus at the school of hotel and restaurant administration, but still as orange as ever.

“I came out to see them back,” Nelson said. “I still have a close relationship with a lot of these people.

“The game was nerve-wracking. Too close. I truly expected a game like Bedlam. What it showed me is Stanford is a better team than I expected and a better team than OU.”

Wide receiver Colton Chelf, another Cowboy game hero with a career-high in catches and yards against Stanford, smiled as he emerged from the sea of fans.

“They've supported us all season,” Chelf said. “We have the best fans in the country. It's just what they do. And we love them.”

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