“We game-planned all week, and for us to come all the way here and then have to go all the way back would have disappointed a lot of us,” Gilbert said. “We wanted to get this win under out belt and continue on down the road.”
The delay sent several fans to the exits, but a majority stuck around.
And when players and coaches returned to the field, many were surprised by just how many fans had come back to their seats. Chief among them was Gundy, who was part of a group taking an over/under on how many fans would still be in the stadium after the delay.
“I was guessing a couple thousand,” Gundy said. “Somebody started with 2,500, and I was guessing a couple thousand.
“I thought the people were great — the Tulsa fans and the Oklahoma State fans who stuck around.”
Gilbert said he thought the long wait may have gotten some players out of the right frame of mind, but once they were told the game was back on, they were ready.
“I think for a lot of people, it got them out of the game mode,” Gilbert said. “But once they said game time again, everyone got amped up and ready to go.
“I was the first one out of the locker room; the first one with my pads on and ready to run out.”