Bowman plans to stay...
Junior receiver Adarius Bowman has an NFL body at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. He has also garnered national attention by leading OSU in catches (57), receiving yards (1,131) and touchdown catches (11).
But Bowman said he plans to be in Stillwater next year, at least for now.
“I’m pretty sure about it right now,” Bowman said. “I don’t even know the whole process so I’m sitting back waiting, but right now I’m planning to come back.”
... and may play basketball
Bowman said he is considering trying to join Sean Sutton’s basketball team, which has only nine players on scholarship.
He was a standout basketball player who joined the football team his sophomore year at Notre Dame High in Chattanooga, Tenn., in order to stay in shape.
He has since proven himself a quality receiver, but claims he can still shine on the hardwood as well.
“I’ve been playing basketball since I can walk,” Bowman said. “Football I actually have to learn and watch film all day. I’m a natural basketball player. I play it all, but normally I’m a guard.”
The Big 12 Conference’s top rushing team, Oklahoma State, totaled 119 yards on Saturday. Dantrell Savage led with 49 yards on 16 carries.
“That’s a damn good football team we lost to right there,” said OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora. “That’s easily the best defense in the Big 12 we’ve seen. We never could establish anything on the ground, never get into any kind of rhythm.”
OU’s defense entered Saturday as the conference’s second-best run defense, allowing only 97.2 yards per game.
“They are athletic and they are physical,” said OSU senior tackle Corey Hilliard. “But we started to get some things going in the second half and gave ourselves a chance in the end.”
O-State’s defense was not 100-percent — all day — on Saturday.
Senior end Victor DeGrate barely played; end Nate Peterson wasn’t at full strength; linebacker Rodrick Johnson limped off more than once.
“We are going to take a couple of days to recover,” said Johnson. “But when guys went down, somebody else came in and stepped up. I think we wanted it more than (OU) did in that fourth quarter, and whoever was on the field was pumping each other up.”
Shades of Barry
Not Barry Sanders, but tight end Barry Hanna. Late in the third quarter, O-State tight end Brandon Pettigrew made like Hanna at the 1984 Gator Bowl, making a catch near the 20-yard line and jumping … and bullying … his way for a first down on a second-and-20.
Hanna scored on the pass from Rusty Hilger that gave the Pokes a 21-14 win over South Carolina. On Saturday, the Pokes failed to cash in on four plays from inside the 5-yard line.
On a big fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, Zac Robinson tried to high jump over a pair of Sooner defenders, but while stretching for the goal line, fumbled into the end zone where OU recovered.
The play was sent upstairs for a review and did not change.
“I told the officials they were wasting there time,” said Gundy. “They weren’t looking to see if it was a touchdown, they were trying to figure out where the football was fumbled.”
From OSU to Denver
Former Cowboy tailback Tatum Bell was in attendance at Saturday’s Bedlam game. Bell, who is in his third season with the NFL’s Denver Broncos, was a three-year starter at OSU and rushed for 3,409 yards and 34 touchdowns.
He has started in eight of Denver’s nine games this season and has rushed for 649 yards and two TDs.
OSU finishes the regular season with 424 points, trailing the teams in 1988 (522), 2003 (467) and 2002 (446) in total points ... Senior receiver D’Juan Woods extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 33 ... Sophomore quarterback Bobby Reid took over third place on the school single-season offense list with 2,520 yards (2,054 passing and 466 rushing). He is also only the third QB to pass for 2,000 in a season, joining Mike Gundy (three times) and Josh Fields (twice) on the list ... OU threw for only 77 yards, the fewest by a Cowboy opponent this year.
— compiled by Roger Moore, Jacob Longan and Ryan Steele
Bowman plans to stay...