Hilliard Ready For Last Bedlam Game

Corey Hilliard has made quick work of his college career. The New Orleans, La., product came in and by the start of Big 12 Conference play his freshman season he had earned the starting nod at offensive tackle. At the time he was a 6-5 somewhat skinny 285 pounds, but he has matured into a 6-6, 315-pound tackle that will likely earn postseason honors and hear his name called in the NFL Draft.

Over the years he has heard many times about giving great effort on Senior Day to send the seniors out with a win at Boone Pickens Stadium and before that in high school at New Orleans Jesuit. Now it is his turn to see his teammates go that extra effort to honor him with a winning finale.

"Every year you hear it," Hilliard said of the talk about sending the seniors off with a win. "It's ironic and it's crazy that this is my last game, regular season game at least. Last year we wanted to win so bad for the seniors (vs. Texas Tech) and now I'm that senior. Everybody wants to win for me and my class and that is crazy."

Hilliard and his class also get the opportunity to double the pleasure and double the fun. Not only is Saturday Senior Day but it is also Bedlam. The last time those two events coincided the Cowboys sent Rashaun Woods and company off with a 38-28 win. So is Hilliard OK with Senior Day and Bedlam coming on the same Saturday?

"I'd rather it be against oklahoma because that is the biggest game of the year for us," said Hilliard. "That's an easy one."

Hilliard agrees with head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Larry Fedora in that Oklahoma's defense will be the best the Cowboys have faced all season.

"They are without a doubt the best defense in the league," said Hilliard of the sooners. "Their defensive line is big and athletic and without a doubt they will be a challenge for us."
br> Going even further the Sooners defensive talent is especially stacked at defensive end. "It will be a challenge for me and Russell (Okung)," said hilliard. "I know Russell is looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to it. It will definitely be fun."

The last six games all the fun has been had by the Sooners as they ride a six-game winning streak into Stillwater. During that streak the most points they have given up has been 24 points - two weeks ago to Texas Tech. Last week they had six sacks, a safety, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

It's a challenge, no doubt, but Hilliard has faced all kinds of challenges in his college career from starting as a freshman to dealing with his family being displaced by Hurricane Katrina at the start of last season. Hilliard is ready for one more challenge this Saturday, - one he feels will turn from challenge into pleasant memory.

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