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Homecoming tragedy does not stop OSU from getting homecoming game victory

In the wake of tragedy Saturday, the Oklahoma State football team took the field for their annual homecoming game and rolled Kansas 58-10. Head Coach Mike Gundy was ready to abide by whatever call President Hargis would make when the question of whether the game would be played arose. Once the call was made, the team took the field. Gundy says it was by no means easy, but a tragedy like that could not break the spirit of Oklahoma State on homecoming weekend.

"It was really difficult for our coaching staff, our team, myself, being an Oklahoma State alum. And what we, and I think what other people across the country consider the greatest homecoming in college football. And it's a very unfortunate situation. And so, our thoughts and prayers from all of us go out to the families. But I do want to reiterate that...this one incident cannot take away from Oklahoma State University. Cannot take away from the homecoming and the celebration. And...that's something very important to us and to me to make the point that it is a great time of the year,” said Gundy. “It's a great weekend and it's a great day. There's a tremendous amount of pride and effort that go into our homecoming. And that's why it's been established the way it is and I don't want anything to be taken away from that. That's an incident that there's not anything we can do about it.
And there was certainly not anything we could do if we were going to play the game. And so...our players understand that and my message to them was a decisions been made to play the game, so we need to play the game. And after that we need to do everything we can to help the families and the people involved."

The Cowboys will spend the week helping where they can within the Stillwater community, while also preparing for their Halloween trip to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech next Saturday.

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