March 30, 2007


On a day when most of the state was almost washed away by Mother Nature, the Oklahoma State football team took on its biggest challenge of the spring: defeating the weather. The result?

Friday's practice was supposed to start about 3:30 p.m., but coach Mike Gundy moved it forward an hour to avoid inclement weather.

Still, the Cowboys were forced to seek refuge under the north grandstand at Boone Pickens Stadium for more than an hour as heavy rain and lightening descended upon Stillwater.

Oklahoma State had already completed about 45 plays in a full-contact scrimmage before being driven beneath the bleachers, but resumed practice after the lightening had passed.

"I think our kids did a great job today of fighting through some adverse conditions," associate head coach Joe DeForest said. "We had a rain delay and they fought through it."

Friday's delay marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that severe weather has had a significant impact on OSU's practice schedule. That spring, storms forced the Cowboys to Ponca City four times because the FieldTurf in Boone Pickens Stadium had not yet been installed.

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