116 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS OKLAHOMA STATE MISSOURI BOWL EVENTS WELCOME
OKLAHOMA STATE SPIRIT
Alumni of Oklahoma State University are as loyal to their
alma mater as any group in America. Just look around the
Stillwater campus. OSU’s director of athletics, head football
coach, head wrestling coach and head baseball coach are
all graduates of Oklahoma State.
Many factors contribute to the “college experience” – not
the least of which is gaining a feeling of belonging and a
sense of loyalty to the school, its faculty and staff, the community
that embraces the university, and the athletic teams
that compete to garner conference and national honors.
Wearing school colors and displaying emblems of the
university are life-long symbols of allegiance. Oklahoma
State’s famed Homecoming is a yearly celebration that
brings much activity and excitement.
THE COWBOY TRAIL
Dating back to the 1890s, Oklahoma A&M sports teams
had been referred to as Agriculturists or Aggies, the Farmers,
and officially but unpopularly, the Tigers. But by 1924,
Charles Saulsberry, sports editor of the Oklahoma City
Times, and other writers who regularly covered college
events, had begun to refer to Stillwater’s teams as the A&M
Cowboys. Reporters’ constant search of colorful synonyms
started sprinkling Cowpokes, Pokes, Waddies, Cowpunchers
and Punchers in conversation. “Cowboys” had a Southwestern
flavor and flair that fit like a favorite pair of boots.
The Athletic Council authorized athletics director Edward
C. Gallagher to have 2,000 balloons printed, “Oklahoma Aggies
– Ride ’Em Cowboy” for sale at football games in 1926.