SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma State is in a record-tying fourth Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys very first trip to San Antonio was in 1997 and the quarterback that guided them to San Antonio was Colorado standout Tony Lindsay. Later, Gabe Lindsay, a kind of chubby dough-boy speedster, played slot receiver and returned kicks and punts.
The Lindsays were a big part of Oklahoma State football and now as the Cowboys get ready to play in their fourth Alamo Bowl they will see a Lindsay on the other side in Colorado's leading rusher Phillip Lindsay, who has 1,139 yards and 16 touchdowns this season as a junior for the Buffs.
Yes, he is related to the Lindsays that wore orange and black.
"I mean, both my cousins did play for Oklahoma State at quarterback," Phillip Lindsay said today. He may have been a little confused on Gabe, who threw a few passes but was not a quarterback. "Both of them were excited to hear that I was going to be in the Alamo Bowl. Actually my cousin the quarterback actually did play his first bowl game in the Alamo Bowl versus Purdue I want to say. It was exciting to hear that and be able to joke around with them and everything else, and they will be attending the game, so it’s exciting."
Phillip Lindsay came to Colorado from Denver South High School and he was coached by Tony Lindsay Sr., his uncle. Tony Lindsay Jr. was his offensive coordinator and for good measure his running backs coach was Tatum Bell, another stellar former Cowboy.
"Yeah, my uncle was my head coach back in high school, and then it’s his son, so that’s my cousin," Phillip Lindsay answered. "It’s Tony Jr. that you guys are talking about. He was also a coach. He was the offensive coordinator back in high school."
Tony Lindsay was always kind of quiet at Oklahoma State, so what kind of coach was he? "Quiet, kind of reminds my of Coach Lindgren actually," Lindsay said comparing his cousin to his current co-offensive coordinator. "Quiet, kind of lets everybody do their thing, and let’s just play ball."