STILLWATER — Saturday afternoon's game at Boone Pickens Stadium had the phrase “trap game” written all over it. The weekend before, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won a big road Big 12 game against Texas Tech. This upcoming weekend is a road game at Texas, followed by a home game Nov. 23 against league-leading Baylor.
So, it might have been understandable that in Saturday's 42-6 victory, the Pokes (8-1 overall, 5-1 in Big 12 play) may have looked a bit lethargic in beating the Kansas Jayhawks (2-7, 0-6).
Two fellow sports writers, Bruce Campbell of the Enid News and Eagle [my hometown paper I might add, and I consider Bruce one of my mentors] and Joey Goodman of the Lawton Constitution, both made mention of how “dead” things were.
Case in point, the game got started in no better way for the Cowboys as Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, the first time that's happened since Perrish Cox did the honors in 2006 against Missouri State. It was Gilbert's sixth career kickoff return for a score.
Still, the fans didn't seem really into it. There didn't seem to be the fanfare that such a return would normally cause.
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Saturday was used to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1988 team, quarterbacked by coach Mike Gundy, that went 10-2 and routed Wyoming 62-14 in the Holiday Bowl that season.
That team also had the Heisman Trophy winner that year, Barry Sanders — who was in attendance Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Several other were in attendance and were recognized at halftime.
The stars didn't stop there. Country singer Trace Adkins sang the national anthem to get the day started.