In 1988, the fabulous Heisman Trophy season of Barry Sanders and the 10-2 season featuring wins at the end of the year in Tokyo, Japan over Texas Tech 45-42 and then in the Holiday Bowl 62-14 over Wyoming, the Cowboys beat Missouri 49-21 on Homecoming.
Gundy's final Homecoming as a player was his most dramatic as a player. The senior was sitting out with an injury. But with Oklahoma State trailing at halftime to Kansas State, Gundy came in the game nursing a knee sprain and managed to get the Cowboys a 17-13 win over the Wildcats.
Gundy wore a brace on his knee the rest of the season. Ultimately it would also keep Gundy from attending the NFL Combine after getting an invitation. Instead, Gundy joined the staff of then head coach Pat Jones after his graduation.
As a head coach, Gundy is 5-3 in Homecoming games, but they have all been exciting.
In 2005, Gundy's rookie campaign, offensive coordinator Larry Fedora cooked up a game plan that included several trick plays and the Cowboys led eventual national champion Texas at halftime. It was a shocker, indeed, but Vince Young rallied the Longhorns in the second half for a 47-28 win, and the comeback included that 80-yard touchdown run by Young that ended up being shown again and again as the season wore on.
Gundy would have to wait until his third season for a Homecoming win as in 2006 Texas A&M came back at the end of regulation to score a touchdown and send the game to overtime, and then a blocked extra point in overtime was the difference as the Aggies beat the Cowboys 34-33.
The wait was worth it. In 2007, Oklahoma State beat a very good Kansas State team 41-39 on a final drive that ended with a clutch Jason Ricks field goal. It would be one of Ricks' last successful kicks as by the end of the season he would be replaced by current Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.
In 2008 the Cowboys hammered Baylor 34-6 and in 2009 made it two wins in a row with a 33-17 victory over Missouri. It would be the last time Missouri would play in Stillwater before leaving for the SEC.
The Homecoming winning streak was stopped at three as No. 14-Nebraska and No. 17 OSU had a showdown game in 2010. The Huskers and Taylor Martinez defeated Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon in the shootout 51-41 in front of a national television audience.
In 2011 on their way to Big 12 Championship the Cowboys clobbered Baylor and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Defensive ends Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones both carried the highlight of sacking the eventual Heisman winning quarterback as OSU prevailed 59-24.
Last season another dramatic Homecoming tale was written on Boone Pickens Stadium turf as current quarterback J.W. Walsh played most of the game with a broken bone in his knee. He was effective throwing for 415 yards and a touchdown while running for 46 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys beat Iowa State 31-10.
Now Oklahoma State faces TCU for the first time as a Homecoming opponent.