Black Out!

STILLWATER - A couple of hours before they took the field for Thursday night's nationally televised final home game of the 2009 season, the 12th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys entered the new locker room in the west end zone following "The Walk" to find new black game jerseys and black game pants in their lockers.

The new black jerseys were provided by Nike and Oklahoma State was not charged for them.

The jerseys are not part of the recent Combat Pro uniform models worn by several of the other Nike schools, but the jerseys were an idea by Nike as a special alternative uniform for the Cowboys. It was a plan that came up over the summer.

The design is identical to the regular orange game jerseys worn by the Cowboys with the colors just flip flopped. The jerseys, which the players did not know about until they saw them, arrived from Nike three weeks ago.

The pants have actually been in the Cowboys possession since the middle of last season and were taken to San Diego to use in the Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys staff decided against wearing them after learning that Oregon was wearing solid black (jerseys and pants).

The other change in the Cowboys appearance is the OSU brand logo on the helmet. The brand normally three-dimensional orange with a black trim is black with an orange trim for the Colorado game and the black uniforms.

Oklahoma State has worn black on several occasions including the 1940s when Bob Fenimore and Neill Armstrong led the Cowboys to a an 8-1 season in 1944 including a Cotton Bowl win over TCU and a 9-0 unbeaten slate in 1945 including a Sugar Bowl win over St. Mary's of California.

One source told Go Pokes that the uniforms are a special one-time (possibly once a season) uniform. The Cowboys will return to their regular road uniforms for the Bedlam game in Norman on Nov. 28, and their regular home uniforms for the 2010 season opener next Sept. 4 at Boone Pickens Stadium against Washington State.

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