Cowboy Football Report

The Oklahoma State Cowboys put in the game plan for Saturday's Bedlam game during a two-hour, 20-minute practice on the floor of Boone Pickens Stadium on Tuesday. Head coach Mike Gundy is committed to keeping practices shorter late in the season in order to keep the players fresh. The practice was brisk and enthusiastic and that's about all that can be reported.

As expected, the Cowboys are preparing to play the Sooners at their full strength, so scout team jerseys featured No. 14 (Sam Bradford) at quarterback and No. 33 (Auston English) at defensive end.

The Cowboys will have their regular Wednesday practice and then move up the Thursday workout to mid-morning on Thanksgiving and then have a team Thanksgiving meal. Players will then be free Thursday afternoon and evening to spend with family, if possible, or teammates, before meeting up again on Friday for the trip to Norman and Oklahoma City for the night before the game.

Game Day Forecast
Get ready for a chilly Bedlam as the low is expected to be 29 degrees on Saturday morning. The high Saturday is expected to be 43 degrees, but a brisk wind will keep it feeling like it is in the low- to mid-30s. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of isolated showers or possible flurries. Kickoff temperature is expected to be 42 degrees with a stiff wind out of the north/northwest.

Guess What Andrew Lewis' Dad Does?
There is no doubt that Andrew Lewis will play a vital role for the Cowboys on Saturday in Norman. The sophomore center, along with guards David Koenig and Steve Denning, have the chore of blocking two pretty stout defensive tackles for Oklahoma. Lewis, despite growing up in Missouri, claims to have a good handle on the importance of the Bedlam rivalry.

"I definitely understand the importance of it. My parents moved down to Norman so they are telling me all the time that people just talk to them about Oklahoma State and how OU is going to win," explained Lewis of his unique ability to understand Bedlam after growing up in Missouri.

Okay, now why would Lewis' parents pick out Norman as a place to live? "My dad got a job there as the city manager, so they moved from Kansas City to there," answered Lewis nonchalant.

Wait a second, the starting center at Oklahoma State is now the son of the city manager of Norman, Okla.?

"My dad is city manager of Norman," repeated Lewis. "He took his (OSU) sticker off the back of his Hummer because he didn't want to get his tires slashed. He wears (OSU) stuff and he's a big guy, so I think he can handle himself."

We believe that, and we believe that Lewis, who has improved each week during the season, can handle himself in the town his dad manages. Heck, it might even give him an advantage. You know, by knowing the lay of the land.

"We've been watching their film and have noticed that their defensive tackles will be the best defensive tackles that we've faced this season,' said Lewis of the challenge of DeMarcus Granger and Gerald McCoy. "It will be very important to really key up on them. It's something we like. We've seen good defensive tackles this season like number 93 from Kansas. He was a great defensive tackle and we look forward to the challenge."

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