The tradition of Oklahoma State Cowboy Football spans
several decades, and boasts one of the nation's top football
powers of the 1940's, a rich bowl history that includes many
of the most prestigious games in college football, ten
conference championships, the 1988 Heisman Trophy, two Pro
Football Hall of Famers, and a new commitment to reach even
greater heights in the years to come.
The National Spotlight
Oklahoma State football has a rising national profile. Thanks to high
win totals, consistent presence in the national polls, a windfall of
All-America selections, multiple first-round draft picks and seven bowl
appearances over the last eight years, the Cowboys have become a
national presence in college football and continue to be a rising
The Cowboys have appeared on national television 19 times
over the last two years and graced two Sports Illustrated covers
during the 2009 football season.
Before the completion of 2010 spring
football drills, Oklahoma State had already been booked for three more
national television appearances with more sure to follow over the summer
and fall months.
OSU's weekly new conferences are staffed by no fewer
than 40 members of the media. That crowd has risen to as many as 70 at
times over the past two seasons when the Cowboys were ringing up 18
victories and climbing as high as fifth in the Associated Press
ESPN College Gameday has made regular stops at Oklahoma State
for football as well as men's basketball. In fact, the ESPNU network was
launched during a weekend-long event at Oklahoma State.
Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson and center Andrew Lewis appear
on the cover of the College Football Preview edition of
Sports Illustrated, published on August 17, 2009.
Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant makes a spectacular grab in
Oklahoma State's second SI cover of the 2009 season,
following OSU's victory over Georgia in the highly-anticipated
In each of the past two years, Oklahoma State has set a new record
for season ticket sales and re-written single-game records several times
And the changes in Stillwater have been noticed beyond the
borders of Big 12 country...
- In 2009, Cowboy Football appeared on the cover of Sports
Illustrated twice and made nine appearances on national
- A total of 16 states were represented on the Cowboy roster last
season, illustrating OSU's newfound appeal and new standing as a
- The Cowboys appeared in four-straight ABC primetime telecasts in
2008. The ESPN on ABC Saturday night productions take place under
the brightest spotlight of the college football regular season.
- ESPN College Gameday spent the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend in
Stillwater in a return trip to Oklahoma State.
- A national individual award winner (the Ray Guy), a national
runner-up (Biletnikoff) and two more finalists (Mackey and Lombardi)
further documented OSU's new national muscle.
The Place to Be
Since the announcement of Mr. T. Boone Pickens' historic $165 million
gift to Oklahoma State, the Cowboy Football program has been riding a
wave of momentum that might be unprecedented in school history.
orange avalanche started with a clap of thunder in 2005 with the
official announcement of Mr. Pickens' historic gift.
In the years since, Oklahoma State has appeared in four straight bowl
games and climbed into the top 10 - rising as high as No. 5 in America.
The 2008 squad featured three All-Americans and that total does not
include Brandon Pettigrew, OSU's first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys spent the summer of 2009 moving into new facilities as
the completion of the west end zone project brings to a close the
complete overhaul of Boone Pickens Stadium. The home of the Cowboys has
been transformed into one of America's top facilities.
The day-to-day football operations now take place in cutting-edge
Over the past two years, Oklahoma State has set a new school record
for season ticket sales and single-game attendance.
And the changes in Stillwater have been noticed beyond the borders of
Big 12 country as Oklahoma State has arrived on the national scene like
The landscape has changed in Stillwater... From facilities to
victories and from television to attendance, OSU's newfound path is
clear for all to see. And one can't help but feel that the orange
momentum is still building.