March 23, 2007

Back to the future?

My mother recently found a copy of the 1956 Oklahoma A&M yearbook and as I was thumbing through it, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the stories contained on its yellowed pages.

That year, OAMC posted a 2-8 record under first-year coach Cliff Speegle. In fact, the Aggies were held scoreless on three occasions, and OAMC finished the year with just a single game in which the offense mustered more than two touchdowns.

Interestingly, that Aggie team lost four games by a single touchdown or less - an eerie coincidence considering the Cowboy team that succeeded it 50 years later. Adding to the similarity is the analysis provided by the yearbook:

"In retrospect, it appears that if A&M had been able to like their problem of scoring when they were near the goal line, they could have won four or five more games," Redskin editors wrote. "They say, 'Wait 'til next year.'"

Fast forward a half-century, and "next year" seems to have finally arrived. Granted, Oklahoma State's stints of gridiron glory in past decades are nothing to snuff at, but the excitement generated this spring by coach Mike Gundy and his Cowboys just seems different.

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