His $165 million donation to OSU in 2005 was the largest single donation to an athletics program in NCAA history. Pickens was honored a couple of hours before the game with the unveiling of his statue, sculpted out of bronze.
“He changed how we felt about our university,” athletic director Mike Holder said during the ceremony. “He changed giving to an unprecedented level. In essence, he changed our university forever. And for those reasons he was and he will always be the greatest Cowboy of them all.”
The statue is located on the west side of Boone Pickens Stadium and it was announced Saturday that a Barry Sanders statue is also expected to arrive on campus soon.
First kickoff return TD in six years
Oklahoma State had 12 kickoffs returned for a touchdown in Gundy’s first eight seasons, from 2005-2013. But the Cowboys hadn’t returned a kick for a score since Tyreek Hill in 2014. Jason Taylor ended the drought with a 48-yard kickoff return on an onside kick attempt in the third quarter.
Safety Tre Sterling returned an interception for 65 yards to give OSU two non-offensive touchdowns. It was the first time OSU has had two non-offensive TDs since Madre Harper and Ramon Richards returned fumbles against Southeastern Louisiana in 2016.