College GameDay<br>Coming to Stillwater

How big is Saturday's game between the Cowboys and Sooners? Big enough that ESPN's College GameDay with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will be in Stillwater for the showdown between the 20th-ranked Cowboys (6-1) and the second-ranked Sooners (7-0). It will be the first time ever that College GameDay has been broadcast from an Oklahoma State home game.

"I think it's great," OSU head coach Les Miles said Sunday afternoon. "The exposure of a College GameDay really adds to the country really understanding what is going on in Stillwater, Oklahoma, because it really is a very festive game day atmosphere.

"It's nice that the country is taking notice (of what we've done). I think it's great exposure."

And there wouldn't be a better stage to defeat the Sooners for the third time in the last four years than in front of a nationally televised audience (ABC Sports is broadcasting the game) and with the College GameDay staff witnessing it in person.

Kickoff at Boone Pickens Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Miles was pleased with his team's perseverance in rallying from a 17-0 deficit to defeat Missouri 20-17 on Saturday, but the fourth-year Cowboy head coach knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We need to improve," he said. "We need to make improvements this week. We have to play better than we've played. I don't think we've played our best game yet – offensively, defensively or special teams. We need to improve because our best opponents are still to be played.

"We certainly have great respect for Oklahoma and we look forward to playing them. Every year that we've played them it's never been about the year before or what was said. It's always been about this year."

Come Saturday Miles is hoping to have two cornerbacks (Darrent Williams and Daniel McLemore) available to face 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. McLemore, who has been starting in place of the injured Williams the past three weeks, suffered a shoulder injury against Missouri and did not play in the second half. Williams has missed the last three games with a broken forearm.

"It doesn't appear to be anything very significant (with McLemore)," Miles said. "I don't know (about Williams). It's going to be Tuesday or Wednesday before we know (if he can play). We almost took him on the trip to Missouri but we had a last minute change. If it was up to him, he'd cast it and play. If there's any way humanly possible, he'll play this week.

"I will say that when we play our best opponents we want to have our best players."

After McLemore was injured the Cowboys used sophomore Ricky Coxeff and true freshman Martel Van Zant at the cornerback position opposite Robert Jones, who intercepted his first pass of the season in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State could have easily folded up after falling behind the Tigers 17-0 midway through the second quarter. But the Cowboys would not quit and fought back to win the game on Jason Ricks' 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds to play. It was the biggest comeback by an OSU team since the 1979 squad coached by Jimmy Johnson rallied from a 20-0 deficit to defeat Colorado 21-20.

Miles could not have been more proud of his team.

"There's no quitters," Miles said. "In my opinion, it showed the belief in this team and the character of the defense. I was proud of the whole team. They were in a situation where they had to prove (they were a good football team), and they had to prove it with their backs against the wall."

And now the preparation begins for the Sooners, who Miles-coached teams have defeated twice in the past three years (38-28 in Stillwater in 2002 and 16-13 in Norman in 2001).

"I'm sure our guys will come to practice with a smile on their face (this week)," he said. "I know there will be a lot of enthusiasm for this Saturday. There always is."

While the perception may be that the Cowboys have used some type of magical formula to defeat the Sooners two of the past three years, Miles says that is not the case.

"There's no magic at all," he said. "You've got to look at your players, you say V-Mo, you say (Donovan) Woods, you say (D'Juan) Woods ... We want to do things our kids can do, and not do things that our kids can't do. I don't think there's any magic to that. I think coaches know who their players are and what they can do."

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