Fan column: Freshman takes in first game

Zach Hake

O’Zone Sports


O'Zone reporter Zach Hake took in his first OSU football game Saturday.
O’Zone reporter Zach Hake took in his first OSU football game Saturday. (Zach Hake/O’Zone)

Is there any better way of kicking off the college football season than a 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 7 a.m.?

Despite the startling shaking felt throughout the midwest, Oklahoma State won 61-7 against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Saturday.

From the moment Madre Harper pounced on the muffed punt in the end zone to give the team its first points of the season, to the crowd singing the alma mater, this opening game was beyond entertaining.

Having never attended an OSU football game, I had high expectations after hearing the excitement around campus as we got closer and closer to kickoff.

I was fortunate enough to find seats right behind the notorious Paddle People of OSU and had a sideline view of all the action. As soon as the team took the field, I instantly understood all the hype.

One of the craziest moments of the first quarter was the amazing catch by the acrobatic Jhajuan Seales to put the Cowboys up 21-0. The crowd erupted as soon as the referee signaled a touchdown.

Barry J. Sanders had his first game as a Cowboy and wasted no time to dazzle the crowd. After a three-and-out by SLU, Sanders returned a punt 57 yards. The entire stadium would have bet 5 dollars that he scored on the return, but after review, the refs marked the ball on SLU’s 1- yard line. A deafening “Barry” chant shortly followed.

The constant scoring resulted in a first half that lasted nearly two hours but it was the most entertaining half of college football I have seen since the 2007 Navy vs. North Texas game.

By halftime, my arm was already starting to ache from the never-ending touchdown waves. There’s no better feeling than sitting down for 20 minutes after standing for nearly two hours cheering on the Cowboys.

Surprisingly, I was able to not completely embarrass myself, despite having minimal knowledge of the chants and traditions during OSU football games. My philosophy was “when in doubt, clap it out,” and I could tell many other fans around me had the same idea.

As the score rose, so did my level of respect for the ROTC students who had to do 61 pushups once everything was said and done. I cannot remember the last time I did 10 pushups in a row, let alone 61.

When fellow fans were not complaining about the heat or taking selfies for the College Football Story on Snapchat, they all came together and yelled “Orange Power” and “Block that kick” like their lives depended on it.

Going into the first week of watching college football, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I am glad I went and did not look like a total freshman in the process.

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