5 Cool Facts: Oklahoma State

Five cool facts about Oklahoma State, Texas Tech's opponent in Thursday's matchup at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Big 12 Opener
The last time the Red Raiders and the Cowboys met up for a conference opener was back in 2007 in front of over 37,000 fans in Stillwater. The Cowboys were up 49-45 and the Red Raiders drove back to win the game but in the last 11 seconds a pass from Graham Harrell bounced off Michael Crabtree’s hands in the end zone..

The Holgorsen Connection
One of the biggest connections between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech is Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia’s head coach, who worked with the Red Raider’s offense under Mike Leach for eight years (2000-2007). Of course, one of his quarterbacks was Kliff Kingsbury. During his time on the South Plains, the Tech offense at one point lead the nation in passing offense and total offense. After leaving the Red Raiders, Holgorsen moved on to be Houston’s offensive coordinator, where he eventually helped Kingsbury land his first coaching gig and let him stay at his place. During these two years they both worked with Case Keenum, a current St. Louis Rams QB, who lead the nation in total offense averaging 403.15 and 416.36 per game in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Holgorsen then headed north to Oklahoma State for a season in 2010. With Holgorsen as offensive coordinator, the Cowboys led the nation in total offense by averaging 520 yards per game. Holgorsen became West Virginia’s coach the following year.

Thursday Night Football
I’m sure right now Texas Tech fans and especially students would love to go back to the last Thursday night game the Red Raiders played. They won last season 20-10 against No. 24 TCU in front of an especially crazy crowd on national television. The Red Raiders will be on the road for this one and the Cowboys have won the past four games played on Thursday night and the last five games against Tech. Boone Pickens Stadium will be wild for ESPN, meanwhile Tech fans will have a watch party at the Jones. Texas Tech is 16-16 all-time on Thursday night and 8-8 on the road. Oklahoma State is 4-1 all-time on Thursday.

Best Student Sections
In February ESPN ranked the top five Big 12 student sections and both Texas Tech and Oklahoma State made the list. Texas Tech came in number one because of the record-breaking attendances and themed games like the Halloween “Let’s Get Weird” game. Oklahoma State was number three mainly because of the “Paddle People” who are students who bang their paddles against the walls of the stadium so loud the Big 12 passed a rule that they couldn't while the ball was in play. Let’s just say that didn't stop them but needless to say it will be a rowdy Thursday night for both Tech and Oklahoma State students.

Pistol Pete
The old western cowboy, with a huge plastic head, that gets Oklahoma State fans pumped up at all athletic events is referred to as Pistol Pete. He came about after the school was looking to replace their previous mascot, the tiger. In 1923 a man named Frank B. “Pistol Pete” Eaton lead the Armistice Day Parade and appeared to be a strong and tough cowboy. He was then drawn in to a cartoon and made in to the schools mascot but not officially until 1984. He definitely resembles, and throws up the same hand sign as Raider Red, who was created in 1971.

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