|At Hideaway Pizza|
Once again, Zippy didn't want to make the road trip to Stillwater, so Uncle Mark was happy to use Zippy's ticket. After Mark watched Drew's basketball team win an exciting overtime game, we left from Fort Worth about noon, arriving in Stillwater to enjoy Oklahoma's best pizza at Hideaway Pizza. It lived up to expectations. Of course we had to walk over to see Eskimo Joe's. I'm not sure why this is such a popular place, but an OSU alumnus we met said their t-shirt is the 3rd best-selling shirt in the world, behind 2 Hard Rock Cafe shirts.
|Feeling happy and confident before kickoff.|
I don't know that they would have made a difference in this game, as well as OSU was playing, but Baylor's offense clearly missed the presence of Tevin Reese and Lache Seastrunk, their leading receiver and running back. That said, the backups have played spectacularly in the last 2 games. On this night, they were ineffective. Petty struggled to even complete a pass. On defense, our pass coverage was horrible against a team that has passed very little this season. And we couldn't get a turnover for anything.
Even though they were looking bad, Baylor only trailed 14-3 at the half. I had high hopes that Art would work some magic in the locker room, and the team would rally in the second half. Alas, OSU scored TDs on their first 2 possessions in the second half, effectively putting the game out of reach.
We did enjoy the game-day experience at OSU. The stadium is truly on campus. Tailgating tents were set up on the lawns of the surrounding university buildings, and plenty of restaurants border campus in walking distance to the stadium. Elliot observed that he saw a lot more people drinking alcohol and smoking that he sees at Baylor games. Unfortunately, the Baylor fans sitting behind us had clearly been drinking, and liberally and loudly used the f-word in their cheering and conversing. Elliot said he hopes the nice OSU fans sitting next to him didn't think all Baylor fans were like that.
OSU must love Boone Pickens, and for good reason. He has single-handedly funded the remodeling and expansion of the stadium and football facilities, as well as the resurgence of OSU football in recent years. It's a nice stadium and a fun place to watch a game.
|Some random play.|