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OSU 59, TULSA 33 – iPods and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches helped get the Oklahoma State football team through a lengthy delay.
By JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Modified: September 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm •  Published: September 18, 2011

TULSA — Oklahoma State and Tulsa football players waited all day Saturday for their 9 p.m. kickoff at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

They came out, stretched and went through their typical pregame routine.

Then they got to wait some more.

Three hours and 16 minutes, to be precise.

OSU and Tulsa finally kicked off at 12:16 a.m. Sunday morning, and the Cowboys went on to a 59-33 win over the Golden Hurricane.

Cowboys players ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and did a lot of sitting around and talking during the long delay, OSU coach Mike Gundy said.

“They laid around, and then after an hour and a half they became stir crazy, and they're up walking around,” Gundy said of his players.

“We were a loose football team,” cornerback Brodrick Brown said. “We just had to wait. We can't do anything about that. We all sat around, talked to each other, listened to our iPods ... it was just a waiting process.”

Did anyone play cards?

“If we had had some, I think we would have,” cornerback Justin Gilbert said. “One time somebody mentioned playing some dominoes; I wish we would have brought some.”

Serious consideration was given by OSU and Tulsa officials to canceling the game altogether after a long thunderstorm and multiple lightning delays.

The delay became frustrating for players and coaches who had spent all week preparing for the game.

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