Following three straight conference victories, all of which the Oklahoma State Cowboys won more impressively, hope of All-American Dez Bryant's return sparked what many viewed could be a late run at a BCS title with the vast improvement of the Cowboy passing game.
In Bryant's absence the Cowboys have continued to produce wins, loading up with a tough ground game led by seniors Keith Toston and Beau Johnson.
Senior Zac Robinson has also found reliable receivers to go to in Bryant's absence. Sophomore's Hubert Anyiam and Dameron Fooks, as well as freshman Justin Blackmon and Tracy Moore.
Plus the Cowboy offensive line has finally started to play cohesively throughout Big XII play. The mere though of Bryant's return made many believe the Cowboys would return back to its previous form in 2008-2009.
Bryant, who was suspended earlier this season was then ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season.
Not long after the announcement from the NCAA, the Oklahoma State student body (as well as a majority of its alumni and faculty) roared with outrage.
A majority of the response from the student body was produced upon the social site Facebook. Status' of all kinds, some far more colorful than others expressed the utter disgust with the NCAA's decision.
Not long after, a Facebook page was created. "Fight the NCAA for the Dez Bryant Ruling", providing its members with e-mails and other means of contacting the NCAA to display and provide examples for their hopeful reinstatement of the beloved Cowboy star.
Though, the overall hype and thought of possibly beating the Texas Longhorns on what the Cowboy nation has declared it's first "Black Out" still fills the heart of those all around campus.
As head coach Mike Gundy continue's to prepare his troops for the most important conference game in decades, the weight all falls upon the man who started the initial turnaround, Zac Robinson.
As idea's continue to surface for the orange clad fans to make their collective voice heard, Bryant remains ineligible and the season continues to move forward.
Though many believe the decision is in-just, and in some aspects wrong, the student body has continued to show its faith in the newly rejuvenated Cowboy receiving core.
Despite all the adversity that has come this season, the Cowboys have remained resilient, behind both Gundy and Robinson.
Time will tell if they can continue to do what so many believed to be a dead season after the loss of Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter. As Saturday moves closer, all eyes fall upon Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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