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Not a normal game day: No tailgating for TU-OSU game; attendance limited to 14,668

Not a normal game day: No tailgating for TU-OSU game; attendance limited to 14,668

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STILLWATER — Two hours before Oklahoma State’s football season was scheduled to begin, the streets near Boone Pickens Stadium were eerily quiet.

Typically before games, thousands of orange-clad fans gather in anticipation. Because of COVID-19, tailgating is prohibited on the OSU campus this season.

Saturday was not a normal game day. For the meeting between OSU and the University of Tulsa that resulted in a 16-7 win for the Cowboys, fans were required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Attendance was limited to 14,668 — the smallest crowd for an OSU home game since Nov. 25, 1967, when 12,500 saw the Cowboys defeat Kansas State 49-14.

OSU pumped sound into the 55,000-seat stadium between plays, and the marching band performed from the stands instead of taking the field. Despite having fewer fans, the noise level remained high.

“I thought the crowd was fantastic,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. “A couple of penalties that Tulsa got on the offensive line — I believe it was because of the sound.

“(The fans) were really loud. I mentioned it to the team: The limited number of fans who were able to come to the game — they were awesome. We’re very appreciative of it. There were times that they actually got loud in the stadium.”

The game occurred a week later than originally scheduled at the request of TU, which paused preseason practice for nine days because of positive COVID-19 test results. Among the players who wouldn’t have been able to participate if the game were last week was Hurricane quarterback Zach Smith, who recently returned from a 14-day quarantine.

“It was nice to get back out there and play football,” Gundy said. “I’d like to give Tulsa credit for their game plan and what they brought into the stadium today. I thought they did a really nice job.”

Payne County, which includes Stillwater, has reached almost 2,000 cases of COVID-19 and four people have died from the virus, according to the Oklahoma State Health Department.


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