November 13, 2006

Route 66: OSU back to bowl status

Oklahoma State definitely got their kicks this weekend, driving for 66 and getting win No. 6 on the 2006 season.

Enough sixes there for you?

While some see it as an unlucky number, it was plenty lucky for the Cowboys, as they're 6-4 and bowl-eligible with two games to go. The 66-24 win over Baylor secured bowl-eligibility for the first time in two years, making it very likely OSU will get extra practices and be playing somewhere in mid- to late-December.

The win turns out to be a pretty significant one, not only for this year's team, but for the OSU program as a whole. This will be only the second time in school history that the Pokes have gone bowling four out of the previous five seasons. The last time that happened was 1981-1985, when OSU went to the Independence (1981), Bluebonnet (1983) and Gator (1984-85) bowls. And the Pokes will add an appearance to the recent string of appearances in the Houston (2002; now Texas), Cotton (2003) and Alamo (2004) bowls.

It's a step in the right direction for a program which suffered a major backslide in 2005.

"I wish I was three or four weeks ago, because I thought we had a chance to win some games we didn't win," said head coach Mike Gundy, referencing lost chances against Kansas State and Texas A&M. "I don't think there's any question that it's nice that we became bowl-eligible for the players. That's who I wanted it for."

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