While most college football fans around the country saw Oklahoma State’s 24-14 victory over Baylor as just a solid OSU win over a ranked team, Cowboys fans in attendance at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater took a stroll down memory lane as Oklahoma State made the night about celebrating the tenth anniversary of the historic 2011 Cowboys team.
In a bit of irony with Robert Griffin III in town calling the game on ESPN2, Oklahoma State reunited and honored the members of the Cowboys’ storied 2011 squad, a squad that finished with a program-high 11 wins and won the school its first Big 12 Championship trophy. Players like quarterback Brandon Weeden, cornerback Broderick Brown and two-time Biletnikoff-winning receiver Justin Blackmon made the trip back to Stillwater and were honored on the field at halftime.
Not only was 11-year-old George pumping his fists at seeing Justin Blackmon for the first time since his suspension from the NFL in 2013, but watching him catch one last fade route in the endzone from Weeden was enough to make a grown man cry.
The team was also honored with a video on the jumbotron reliving all of the best moments from that 2011 season. From the weather delayed Tulsa game that didn’t end until almost four in the morning, to the 44-10 Bedlam beatdown in Stillwater, and finally to the Fiesta Bowl victory over Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.
Oklahoma State was a few tenths of a point away from playing for a national championship that year (Quinn Sharp’s field goal was good, by the way), and fans will ponder until the end of time whether or not the Cowboys would have beaten LSU had they been given the chance.
Nonetheless, that OSU team should still be honored as the greatest in program history. They put Oklahoma State football on the map while kickstarting the winning tradition OSU has enjoyed over the last decade.
The present-day Cowboys hope to live up to the standard that 2011 team built, as they remain undefeated and sit at No. 12 in the AP polls nearly midway through the season. They take this weekend off, then head to Austin next Saturday to face Texas fresh off of the Red River Showdown.