STILLWATER — When you think about cowboys and longhorns, images of the wild west are bound to enter the mind. When thinking about the wild west, there's also gunfights and shootouts which also come to mind.
Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium, when the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns did battle in the Big 12 opener for both teams, it was exactly that — a shootout. In the end, Texas fired the last shot to defeat OSU by a score of 41-36.
“That was a tough one for us,” said Mike Gundy, OSU's coach. “I'm really proud of our football team. I told the team in the locker room (after the game) that the score for a team that loses doesn't always indicate what they put into it and the way they played. We made some mistakes, but they made some mistakes. They made a play at the end, and their play happened as the clock ran out. Give them credit for converting on third and fourth downs, but I'm very proud of our football team. I'm proud of the way they competed and their preparation for the last two weeks, but we just came up short. It was one heck of a football game.
“We want to win every game. We want to compete. There's some life lessons to be learned for our team. I told them about six weeks ago that they needed to create their own identity for 2012, and they took a big step toward accomplishing that.”
Kevin Durant Sighting
With the start of the 2012-13 National Basketball Association season nearing, a famous NBA hoopster from “The Sooner State” was on the sidelines of Saturday night's game — Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant. Of course, the Thunder star was on the Texas sidelines, since he did play collegiately for the Longhorns.
The fans had a good time with him in the second half. On the jumbotron, the graphic people put a computer-generated OSU T-shirt on the screen, then tried to make it look like Durant was wearing it, but he kept juking side to side to try to keep from “wearing” it. The crowd, both those cheering for OSU and Texas, got a big kick out of the moment.
We do have to remember that Durant has made fans in both states. By the way, look for the story about the Thunder's Media Day in Wednesday's edition by our sports correspondent, Kevin Gray.
In Saturday's edition, an incorrect Heavener football player was credited with a touchdown. One of quarterback Dillan Stallings' TD passes went to Noah Davis, who came out late this season for the Wolves.
The Poteau Daily News regrets the error.