April 14, 2007

White Lightning

STILLWATER - With 3:30 left and his White team down 27-20, Zac Robinson channeled John Elway.

It wasn't a big deficit, but hey, it counts as a comeback. That fourth-quarter drive started at the White 30-yard-line and ended up in a touchdown on the strength of a Robinson-to-Artrell Woods connection for 28 yards. A two-point conversion put the White team on top, 28-27, and they added another touchdown for the eventual 35-27 final in the Orange & White Game before an estimated 15,000 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium.

That was the last installment of spring practice for the Independence Bowl-champion Oklahoma State Cowboys, who have been taking part in drills the last several weeks. Unlike year's past, this was a very fan-friendly event, from the free parking and admission to the more game-like style of the game itself, which in the past has been anything from a glorified scrimmage to a handicap game, with one side being spotted points.

"Just sitting there watching it I was thinking to myself, two years ago we couldn't hardly get a play off on offense with the whole team out there," Gundy said. "We had two groups out there that were functioning and looked like they knew what they were doing."

There were some nice plays and outputs from players. Robinson had a nice night, throwing for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-20 passing (one interception). Receiver Artrell Woods had the biggest evening, reeling in four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores was something that Woods anticipated for awhile.

"We were waiting the whole game to run that play," Woods said of his trick-play touchdown. "We said we were going to run it in the third quarter because they weren't giving up the deep ball."

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