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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Mike Gundy did not know how to react when thousands of Iowa State fans were suddenly storming the field at Jack Trice Stadium after Jeff Woody scored the game-winning touchdown to knock off then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime.

The fans came from all angles. They gathered near the end zone where the winning touchdown was scored. They sang along with Neil Diamond's song “Sweet Caroline” as it blared over the loudspeakers.

“For a second there, I was kind of worried about getting run over,” the OSU coach said. “Then I thought, ‘Well, I deserve to be run over.'”

OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon said the loss, and the wild celebration from the opposing fans it caused, made him feel “empty.” Understandable, since that will likely go down as the moment the Cowboys' national title hopes were dashed.

But, in a way, that night also illustrated how far the OSU program has come.

A team generally has to be good — really good — to be worthy of getting stormed when it loses on the road. The Cowboys have rarely, if ever, held that type of status.

“I think that's the only time that's ever happened to me,” Gundy said.

Many of the ISU faithful went as far as calling its victory over the Cowboys the greatest win in school history because it was the first time the Cyclones beat a team ranked in the top 6 of The Associated Press poll.

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