STILLWATER — Saturday's home finale against Texas Tech is sure to be emotional for all 18 of the Oklahoma State seniors.
Especially for Cooper Bassett.
Bassett, a lifelong Cowboy fan, arrived in Stillwater as a tight end, but eventually found a home on the defensive line and has become a fan favorite.
This week might be the last time my family comes up and watches a game at Boone Pickens Stadium for a long time, and it might be the last time I see a game at Boone Pickens for a long time. It's a very sad thing, but at the same time, it's pretty awesome I've had the opportunity to play here the past five years and be a part of a program I grew up loving and cheering for.
I can remember running out of the tunnel when it was on the east end zone, and now I run out from the west end zone. Being a part of the rebuilding of Boone Pickens Stadium, kind of the opening and all that grandeur. To be a part of team that went from being kind of a middle-of-the-road Big 12 team to a Big 12 champion and winning a Fiesta Bowl, it's been an awesome experience.
I don't want to get too emotional before the game, just because I want to be focused on Texas Tech. But once the whistle's blown and the game's over, I'm definitely going to take my time getting back to the locker room, just kind of soak in all the fans.
The Saturdays I've spent at Boone Pickens Stadium, I wouldn't trade for anything. Growing up as a kid, if I had one wish, it would be to play here. Not only have I gotten a chance to be here, but I've played here, I've contributed. I've got such a loyal fan base and so much love from all the fans that so many people in this world don't get to experience.
For the probably 30 seconds to a minute I can just stand there and soak it all in, I'll try to, and hopefully I won't lose it too bad.