The sun was out on a beautiful Saturday morning in Stillwater for the Cowboys’ first Big 12 matchup at home. After suffering a tough loss last week to Baylor, Oklahoma State was looking to bounce back against No. 22 Texas, who came up short in their previous game against Cal. The Cowboys defeated the Longhorns 49-31 and brought back hope in their race for a Big 12 Championship.
Boone Pickens Stadium was electric from the beginning. Seats filled up and attendance spiked up from the previous home game against Pittsburgh. You could feel the energy flowing through the fans, and they were ready to cheer on the Cowboys. The crowd stood for the opening drive and was eager to get the game under way. OSU scored on its first two possessions, giving the Cowboys a quick 14-0 lead over Texas. The crowd erupted when running back Justice Hill ran in the first score that was followed by a touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to James Washington, who hit the spin move just about the time a defender almost brought him down.
The momentum was short-lived, and the crowd stood silent as Texas answered with two touchdowns of its own. The crowd chanted their normal “block that kick” in hopes of actually doing so, and just as the snap for the PAT was released, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor found a gap and blocked the kick. Taylor picked up the football and had the presence of mind to pitch the football to teammate Tre Flowers just before he was brought down to the ground. Flowers took it the end zone for two points and Boone Pickens was rocking. Fans were jumping up and down, because, quite frankly, that was an amazing play that led to a momentum shift. The Cowboys and Longhorns were going back and forth, and just as Texas was about to kick its third PAT, everyone stood in hopes to get a second block, and so they did. Fans were going bonkers as they witnessed a second kick get blocked and the Texas sideline was in disbelief. The “Orange Power” chant seemed to be a little bit louder as well.
In the third quarter, Washington left the game with a head injury. The play seemed to be targeting but a flag wasn’t thrown. The crowd was in utter disbelief and poured down heavy boo’s at the officials. During the injury timeout, everyone’s eyes were glued to the screen to get a better visual on what happened, and after seeing it for a second and third time, the boos became louder.
OSU coach Mike Gundy was also irritated later in the game after a penalty and got in the face of one of the officials and seemed to have a heated argument, the crowd roared and stood behind Gundy, applauding his effort. Soon after, many “Gundy” chants were heard across the stadium. It was as if the entire OSU fan base came together as one big unit and cheered on their Cowboys until victorious.