A gold four-leaf clover pendant dangled off Josh Fields' necklace and sparkled in the light of TV cameras after Saturday's game.
But the last thing the Oklahoma State quarterback or the Cowboys needed Saturday was luck as they pummeled Baylor, 63-28. With the win, the Cowboys (6-5, 4-3 Big 12) become bowl eligible for the first time since 1997.
"When coach (Mike) Gundy came up to me, he said it was the first time since he's been coaching that he's had a team that's bowl eligible," Fields said. "It was really something special to him, and it's something special to us, and that's when it really hit me was when he came up.
"And he was really, really excited, and he doesn't get that way very often."
The Cowboy defense woke up after the Bears (3-9, 1-7) drove down the field to score on the first possession of the game. OSU coach Les Miles said the defense had to adjust to the speed of the game and ready themselves better after the first drive.
"It was real obvious that that wasn't going to continue, that was not gonna be the style of play that Baylor could look forward to from our defense after the first drive," Miles said. "That, combined with the offensive showing, obviously the game was out of reach very quickly (for Baylor).
"That first drive they (the OSU defense) were, for whatever reason, not there. Kevin Williams and a couple of those leaders on that defense just stepped up and really took the game over."
The Cowboys went on to score 49 points in the first half alone, the most they've scored in any half since 1973.
The first OSU touchdown was scored and set up by Fields, who scrambled 26 yards down the field to the Baylor 1-yard line. On the next play, he hopped into the end zone for the touchdown.
"It was a pass play," Fields said of the scramble. "Once I got out, the receivers kept on their man — they kept blocking once I got out. They changed their routes and did exactly what they were supposed to."
Also in the first half, Fields connected twice with Rashaun Woods and once with John Lewis for touchdowns. OSU tailback Tatum Bell ran in two and Seymore Shaw also ran in a touchdown to make the score 49-7 at halftime.
The first half was one of the best all year for the Cowboys, who put up 113 rushing yards, 178 passing yards and held the Baylor offense to just 145 yards.
Woods, who had 134 yards receiving, moved past Hart Lee Dykes (1,278 yards) into first place on the OSU single-season receiving list with 1,305 yards. His 86th reception of the season Saturday more than broke his own OSU single-season record of 80 receptions in a year. Woods now has 195 career receptions for 2,657 yards.
"Nobody cares about the records," Woods said. "People want to know if you went to a bowl. I want to go to a bowl. When I came here under coach Simmons, he signed our class to go to a bowl.
"And we've done that; it's a different head coach, but we've accomplished our goal."
OSU senior Gabe Lindsay also had an impressive day — returning five punts for 134 yards.
"Gabe Lindsay set us up really nice a couple times with some returns," Fields said. "It's always nice starting out having the ball with less than half the field to work with."
OSU's second string was in for most of the second half, scoring 14 more points, but giving up 21 points to Baylor.
The 63 points scored by the Cowboys were the most since scoring 63 points against Kansas in 1988.
Woods said Fields was more accurate Saturday than he was against Kansas last week.
"We're really getting a feel for each other," Woods said of Fields. "It's a real rhythm with the whole receiving corps. He's really getting the timing down."
Fields felt the same way as Woods.
"Each week it seems like we're learning more and more about each other," Fields said of his receiving corps. "It's like I know where they're gonna be even if we can't see them. They feel like the ball's gonna be there, so we're definitely gaining a lot of confidence and a lot of trust in one another."
That is a good thing, considering the team the Cowboys will go up against this Saturday.
"They tell me they're a very good football team," Miles said jokingly, intentionally not naming the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners.
OSU defensive lineman Kevin Williams said it's safe to say the Cowboys can start talking about OU.
"We're just gonna show up Saturday and let our actions do the work," Williams said. "It's OU — we want to beat them regardless of what it's for. Whether it's for pride or spoiling (their chances) or whatever.
"I think everyone's gonna take it seriously and we're gonna get after it."
Fields added that the OU game has been in the back of the Cowboys' minds all season.
"We know that they're gonna be out to get us 'cause of last year," Fields said. "Our coaches will keep our heads on straight. That's what's different about our team this year from last year: We have that confidence in our coaches.
"This year, we know they're gonna get it done."
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