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OSU's recent rise makes it a 'storm-worthy' football team

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 1, 2011
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/articleid/3628342/1/pictures/1578056">Photo - CROWD: Iowa State fans flood the field after a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Iowa State won, 37-31, in double overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
CROWD: Iowa State fans flood the field after a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Iowa State won, 37-31, in double overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“We have had some ‘signature wins' in the three years we have been here, but this one took place at home,” ISU coach Paul Rhoads said. “We are happy that Cyclone Nation got to experience it.”

The Cowboys have arguably been a “storm-worthy” bunch for the past two seasons. But a team also has to lose on the road in order for the field to get rushed. That hadn't been a concern for OSU until the ISU game.

Entering that contest, the Cowboys had won their last 10 road games, preventing any opposing fans from flooding the field.

The Cowboys know they won't have to worry about the opposing fans storming the field after Saturday's Bedlam clash with No. 10 Oklahoma, since the game is at Boone Pickens Stadium. But there's a great chance the OSU fans will rush the field if the Cowboys win to clinch their first Big 12 title and BCS bowl berth.

That would help erase the pain of that Friday night in Ames.

“That was probably the worst feeling ever,” running back Jeremy Smith said. “But just to see it happen in our stadium this week, it's going to be worth it.”

By Gina Mizell


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