Hour 18: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
After Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle weaved his way down the field for a long touchdown run in the third quarter, a large chunk of the 60,000-plus in attendance poured toward the exits with their heads down. Memorial Stadium was mostly quiet. It's bleachers were stripped clean, save for the occasional left behind pompom or souvenir cup, and the thickly-packed orange and black section on the southwest side of the stadium who belted out their school's cheer, "Go! Go! Go Pokes! Go Pokes! Go Pokes Go!"
When the 45-24 Cowboys victory was officially in the books, most of the large contingent of Cowboys fans made their way to the bottom of the stands, held hands and swayed to and fro while singing "Ride 'em Cowboys." It was mostly smiles for these fans, but that wasn't the story all afternoon.
Oklahoma State's main campus in Stillwater, Okla., is approximately 415 miles from Columbia, about a seven hour drive for Keith Schumaker, who attends most of the Cowboys' road games. Schumaker drove up Friday night and attended the game with "The Posse," a university group that funds tickets for alumni and family of players. Members of this group tailgated prior to the game and even exchanged pleasantries with Tiger fans.
"We got here at 7 a.m. and got a parking spot right next to the stadium," Schumaker said. His car was "unfortunately red," but he hung an orange Oklahoma State flag on the back and pulled out two orange cooler with school logos on it. "We've been talking to Mizzou fans all morning and they've all been friendly."
According to Cowboys fan Marilyn Middlebrook, the game day experience in Columbia is different from the one back home. "The campus is laid out differently," she said. "Here, there is more development around the stadium to tailgate, but in Stillwater, tailgating is more spread out."
Almost immediately after the game started, the fans rose to cheer after stopping Tiger running back Henry Josey after a short gain. Even on inconsequential plays, there were scatterings of fans yelling "Go Pokes!" or "Stop 'em State!"
The Tigers made a comeback in the second quarter and some Cowboys fans became unnerved. One older man cursed the seemingly conservative play calling and turned toward the press box and shouted, "What are you doing?" Another fan held her hands in the air and murmured "I don't know what they are doing" to her friend. When the M-I-Z chant started, some fans voiced their displeasure. "I hate that cheer," said one. "I don't even get what they are chanting," said another.
Despite some mid-game shortcomings, the section as a whole seemed to stay confident. Schumaker reassured his friend that the Cowboys were the better team. Another family talked about how Cowboys were a second half team. Right before second half kick off, the section joined into a refrain of Orange Power. One side would chant "Orange!" and the other side of the section would counter with a resounding "Power!"
As the game started to lean in the Cowboys' favor, the section got louder. "O-S-U," they cheered. "Beat Mizzou!" Eventually one person started a chant that everyone could chime in on, "Big XII Football! Big XII Football!"
By the end of the game, the OSU fans were overpowering the remaining Tiger faithful in their cheers and their size. The back end of the M-I-Z chant became "O-S-U" or "Beat-O-U!"
After the game was over and the fans sang the fight song, the remaining Cowboys fans continued their chants. A stream of orange and black paraded down Stadium Boulevard. "Orange," the front of the line shouted. Without skipping a beat, the back of the line responded, "Power."