November 29, 2008

10 to win? OSU goes for record

Double-digit winning seasons are in the extreme rarity for Oklahoma State.

In fact, the Cowboys have only reached that plateau three times - all in the 1980s. And to get there, OSU had to pick up a post-season bowl win.

This year's Poke squad already has nine regular-season wins and one game yet to play. If they can figure out a way to beat Bedlam rival Oklahoma tonight, the 2008 posse of Cowboys could pull a first in OSU football history: win 10-regular season games.

That's a tall order for several reasons. Firstly, beating a quality OU squad will be a challenge in itself. Secondly, the program has only won nine games or more eight times total (1932, 1945, 1976, 1984, 1987, 1988, 2003 and this season). Just the fact that OSU is to the nine-win level is saying a lot about this year's team.

But all those teams could be surpassed tonight. Winning No. 10 in the regular season would be unprecedented and that's something not lost on the players and coaches.
"It's huge," said punter Matt Fodge. "It just shows how much this program has come along since coach (Mike) Gundy has taken over. It's a great group of guys and we've really all season just taken it one game at a time. You've got to win six before you can win seven before you can win eight and nine and so on. So if we go out and take care of business (tonight) we'll be put down as one of the greatest OSU teams in history. That's huge. You couldn't ask for more for a senior year."

"They're well aware that the 10 games would put them in history and everybody likes to be a part of that," said Co-Offensive Coordinator Gunter Brewer. "I think we tied the record last victory, so they're a part of that now. To be the winning part of that and breaking the record would be something unique and it's never been done before, so you don't need anymore motivation."

Just another item on the line in what's already stacking up to be a massive Bedlam war.

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