It was a short night, at least for sleep, an early flight, and a long day traveling back makes for the need to get away from the computer and recover from the week, but very enjoyable results watching the Cowboys notch win number 10 on the season for the fifth time in seven years. This team kicked the tail of the 10th-ranked team in the country, 38-8.
Former Colorado head coach and now color analyst on the Colorado Radio Network, Gary Barnett, was at the San Antonio Airport this morning and he was very succinct in his comment. "We were outmatched, we were really outmatched," Barnett said.
Oklahoma State scored almost double the number of points that Colorado has averaged allowing this season. They beat the Buffs by 30 points and only Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game did any better and it was barely better. The Cowboys out-gained Colorado 527 yards to 318 yards. They out-rushed the Buffs 189 yards to 62 yards. It was thorough and complete.
"I thought Colorado was a great team coming in. I still do," Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph said as he was asked about Big 12 pride and the win. "Obviously it’s (Pac-12) one of the strongest conferences in the nation. I think we’re 2-0 against the Pac-12. Really excited about that. I think there’s a lot to be said about the Big 12, as well."
Actually, in bowl season the Big 12 is 1-0 against the Pac-12, but 3-2 overall and that should help.
The win should get Oklahoma State a top-10 finish in the final polls, and a positive image and reputation going into next season. It is a great finish but as Mike Gundy kind of compared to comments he made earlier in the month before this game and about the Cowboys win over Arizona in 2010 and what it did to help set the table for the Big 12 Championship of 2011, it does set the table and it will be a very fun offseason for Oklahoma State fans to dream of the possibilities.
"There’s not any guarantees one way or the other," Gundy said after the game. "But it certainly stimulates a lot of excitement with the players, the fans, the recruiting, the overall concept. Chances are you’re talking about a team that’s going to finish top 10 in the country. Double-digit wins for five of the last seven years. At some point in the top 10 in the country seven of the last nine years. A win like this doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly means a lot for the seniors, the organization and the people that put a lot of time and effort into success."
It just guarantees optimism, expectations, and lots of dreams. That's okay because that is what college football is all about.