Cowboys coach Mike Gundy lay in bed Sunday night, reflecting on a gesture Bill Snyder made to the then-OSU quarterback in 1989.
It was Snyder's first season as coach at Kansas State and Gundy's last as a player.
"I had a knee injury and didn't play in the first half," Gundy said. "I played in the second half and we ended up winning. I got a handwritten letter from him the next week, like on Wednesday, saying, 'Congratulations. Great accomplishment.'
"I always remembered that. And laying in bed I thought, 'Now I have an opportunity to go against him as a head coach.'"
Snyder's story at K-State is now legendary, turning one of college football's dreadful programs into a national contender.
"Honestly, one of the few times in my life, I agree with coach (Barry) Switzer," Gundy said. "He said, 'He's the coach of the century.' And I firmly believe that."
And after retiring in 2005, Snyder returned to the Wildcats sideline a year ago and is again in the process of sparking a program revival at the age of 71.
"I think he is a class act for college football," Gundy said. "And he's a very good football coach. It's pretty amazing for a guy at that age to still be willing to pay the price it takes to have success.
"I doubt that when I'm 71, my energy level will be as high as his."
BAYLOR TIME SET
Kickoff for OSU's Nov. 6 home game against Baylor has been set for 11:30 a.m.
The game will be televised by FSN, marking the Cowboys' fourth appearance on the network this season.
There was much to regret defensively in the Nebraska game, when the Cowboys allowed 540 total yards and 44 of the 51 points.
The biggest regret: tackling.
A review of the game by coaches revealed 33 missed tackles. And while some missed tackles are to be expected, especially against an elusive quarterback like the Huskers' Taylor Martinez, Gundy said a reasonable number might have been 20.
Also troubling, 10 of the misses were attributed to veterans Markelle Martin and Orie Lemon, who are usually dependable.
"We knew that Taylor Martinez was going to get some yards and run," said cornerback Brodrick Brown, "but we missed tackles and that hurt us. That goes back to practice and taking pride in what the defense does. We are going to get back on the work side of tackling."
BEST FOOT FORWARD
OSU's Quinn Sharp had a big day punting against Nebraska, averaging a school single-game record 60.4 yards on five boots.
Sharp now ranks No. 1 nationally in punting with a 48.2-yard average, which puts him well ahead of the school record of 45.5 set by Jim Benien in 1971.
"It's really nice, actually," Sharp said of being No. 1. "I didn't come out of high school as a true punter. I feel like with that, it shows that we've worked hard."
JUCO DT COMMITS TO OSU
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins committed to Oklahoma State on Monday, according to GoPokes.com.
The 6-foot-4, 343-pound sophomore picked OSU after watching the Pokes' 51-41 loss to Nebraska during his official visit to Stillwater last weekend. He picked the Cowboys over Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech, Mississippi State and others.
â€œThe game was great,â€ Jenkins told the Website. â€œEven thought they lost, they have a really good team. I liked the whole visit-- the school, the town, the people.â€
OSU has 19 known commitments for the Class of 2011.