October 16, 2012

OSU doesn't see win over Iowa State as payback

The anger is still there in the fan base.

Just ask any Oklahoma State supporter and they'll tell you that after Iowa State knocked off the Cowboys last season, the amount of hate they had for the Cyclones rose to nearly Bedlam levels. Getting knocked out of the number two spot in the BCS standings certainly tends to build some ire towards the team responsible.

It's lingered around Stillwater since that Friday night game back on November 18th, 2011. But in the OSU locker room, it's a different story.

"It's homecoming and it's the third game of conference," receiver Charlie Moore said. "That's what we see when we look at the game. It's not about a payback."

The Cowboys had pushed their 2011 record to 10-0, and were just two wins away from competing for a national championship before that trip to Ames, Iowa. The team woke up to news that the women's basketball coach, Kurt Budke, along with assistant coach Miranda Serna and two alumni had died in a plane crash in the late hours of Thursday night.

The Oklahoma State family was devastated, but the Cowboys had to somehow get past it and focus on the game they had that evening.

Long story short, the Pokes fell that night, and left the field as Iowa State students ran the opposite direction to celebrate with their victorious team.

"I felt pain," linebacker Alex Elkins said of the feeling after that game. "Not so much physical, but emotional pain. It hurt...

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