STILLWATER There once was an unknown prize fighter who climbed into the ring to face Muhammed Ali for $1 million, knowing he was no match for the great champion and knowing he would get pummeled time after time.
Savannah State University's football team knows that feeling and the bad news, the Tigers left Stillwater with considerably less money, $380,000 or somewhere in that vicinity, not a cool million. But while they didn't get the same money, the Tigers did get just as much punishment as Oklahoma State University's defense slammed the door on every threat and sparked the Cowboys to an ugly 84-0 victory before 48,000 curious fans Saturday night.
It was never any contest. The Cowboys scored on their first five possessions as freshman Wes Lunt did everything that was promised prior to the season by the OSU coaching staff.
He completed every pass he threw 11 of 11 for 129 yards and exhibited a deft touch on his fakes and handoffs. And, he was every bit as cool in the pocket as his predecessor, Brandon Weeden.
Oh add this to his credentials; he already has set an OSU record for posting the first perfect passing game in school history.
There was an ironic twist to his performance. His hometown television station showed up to document his first game as the OSU starting quarterback and I hope they had their cameras going at the start because he only was in on 20 plays.
Plus, the TV crew didn't even get to hear what the young man was thinking because Coach Mike Gundy still has that policy where freshmen don't talk to the media. It's a rule that none of us media types like but most of us respect the reason the coach has put that in his program handbook.
One thing Lunt didn't do, though, was throw a touchdown pass, but there was good reason for that; the Cowboys had so much success running the football that there was seldom a need to throw.