Fan Column: Cardiac Cowboys come through

Zach Hake

Sports Blogger



If there had been a heart rate monitor attached to each Oklahoma State football fan during Saturday’s game against Iowa State, every screen would start with a slow, resting heartbeat followed by an intense mash up of rapid and jagged peaks.

The Cowboys came out slow and so did the fans. In the first half, the energy in the stadium was decent at best. Compared to the intensity during last week’s matchup against Texas, Saturday’s crowd seemed off-key.

(Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

Aside from the Paddle People and a handful of students, hardly anyone was screaming when OSU was on defense.

It’s no surprise that a majority of the upper part of the student section started to empty as the game got closer to halftime.

With OSU trailing 17-14 heading to the break, the atmosphere in Boone Pickens Stadium needed a spark.

Thanks to a very fitting performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believingby the Cowboy Marching Band, the crowd had a new-found energy as they sang along to the tune. After the inspiring show, it is no wonder why they are called the Spirit of Oklahoma State University.

In spite of the smaller student section, the remaining ragtag groups of fans banded together for one of the most memorable second halves of the season.

After a shaky start to the third quarter, the Cowboys were down 31-14. The band had rejuvenated the crowd and it was time for the crowd to rejuvenate the players.

More and more, students and fans alike were joining in on chants, screaming after big plays and quickly resuscitating the Cowboys back to life.

A nearby student checked her heart rate on her FitBit after an exciting James Washington touchdown, which signaled the beginning of the end for the Cyclones.

The score was tied with 12 minutes left in the game and BPS was rocking. Then, like a scene from a movie, “Friends in Low Placesby former OSU Cowboy Garth Brooks began to echo throughout the stadium. The crowd sang its heart out. It was the loudest it’s been for that song and encapsulated the mood of the entire contest.

Although spirits were high, Cowboy fans were not out of the woods just yet. OSU was forced to punt, giving the Cyclones the ball on their own 10-yard line.

With less than a minute left on the clock, the OSU crowd began having flashbacks to the ridiculous ending of the Central Michigan a few weeks ago.

After a failed series of laterals and incompletions, the Cowboys defeated the Cyclones with the second biggest comeback in school history.

As the final whistle blew and time expired, the spirited crowd erupted. The second half was an emotional roller coaster filled with fear, joy and everything in between.

OSU fans avoided a heartbreak thanks to an inspirational halftime show. In a heartfelt display of unity, Cowboy fans joined together and sang the alma mater as though OSU had conquered the world.

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