Before we get to those Cowboys Football Regional first-round matchups let's look back on what happened in the play-in matchups last week.
In the Cowboys Football Regional, the play-in matchup was for the No. 16 seed with the tough prospect for the winner of going against top-seed and Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders.
Just graduated Quinn Sharp will have that task as he defeated fellow kicker and Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey, 63 percent to 37 percent. Sharp may be a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals and Bailey now a celebrated veteran with the Dallas Cowboys, but OSU fans must have admired Sharp as a three-time All-American and triple threat in special teams.
In the Ward/Wadley Catch-All Regional, former OSU quarterback and third baseman Josh Fields easily handled a fellow multi-sport OSU athlete of the late 1950s in Dick Soergel, 74 percent to 26 percent.
You have to say that youth has its advantages when score is generated and kept on the internet. While you can keep up with the tournament on GoPokes.com, all voting is done on the Facebook page of Triple Play Sports Radio. Fields now takes on top seed in that region in OSU athletics dynamo financial contributor T. Boone Pickens.
The closest of the play-in matchups came in the Smith/Holder Wrestling/Golf Regional as legendary coaches of the past battled for a No. 11 seed and the opportunity to square off later in the first round with Olympic gold medal winner and former OSU NCAA champion and assistant coach Kenny Monday. Wrestling coach Art Griffith, who led seven OSU teams to NCAA championships, defeated the father of OSU golf Labron Harris, 58 percent to 42 percent.
Finally, in the Iba/Sutton Basketball Regional, former Cowboys player and current Kansas head coach Bill Self defeated the man that coached the team the movie "Glory Road" was written and made about. Self had 71 percent of the vote in his play-in matchup against longtime UTEP head coach Don Haskins, 71 percent to 29 percent. Now, Self will go on to face former Cowboy and current ace NBA defensive stopper Tony Allen.
Once again the final results of the play-in matchups:
Cowboy Football Regional
Quinn Sharp 63%
Dan Bailey 37%
Ward/Wadley Catch-All Regional
Josh Fields 74%
Dick Soergel 26%
Smith/Holder Wrestling/Golf Regional
Art Griffith 58%
Labron Harris 42%
Iba/Sutton Basketball Regional
Bill Self 71%
Don Haskins 29%
This week launches the first of four straight weeks of first-round matchups. We start with the Cowboy Football Regional.
This will be interesting with the top four seeds in the regional all having strong historical significance in the program with top seed Barry Sanders having won the school's only Heisman Trophy. Second seed Thurman Thomas is a Pro Football Hall of Famer that Pat Jones calls the toughest player he ever coached.
Mike Gundy is a tremendous former quarterback who is now the school's all-time winningest head coach. Bob Fenimore was Oklahoma State football tradition for some 30 years before the Cowboys had much of anything else to treasure.
Here are the first-round matchups in the Cowboys Football Regional:
#1 Barry Sanders: Heisman Trophy winner, two-time All-American, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, holds countless NCAA and OSU records, many consider him the greatest pure running back in the history of the sport.
No. 16 Quinn Sharp: Oklahoma State's only three-time All-American, three-time winner of the College Football Performance Award for kick-off specialists as the best in the nation statistically, kicked field goals, kick-offs and punted his last two seasons at Oklahoma State, now a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals.
No. 8 Russell Okung: Rare starter as a freshman on the offensive line, 2009 All-American, now starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, made his first Pro Bowl and listed as one of the top 100 players in the NFL after this season.
No. 9 Terry Miller: One of only three Big Eight players to rush for over 4,000 yards in their career with Mike Rozier and Thurman Thomas being the other two, two-time All-American in 1976 and 1977, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 1976 and 1977, runner-up to Texas' Earl Campbell in the 1977 Heisman balloting, drafted in the first round of the 1977 draft by the Buffalo Bills, rushed for over 1,000-yards in an NFL season, was the MVP of the Michigan Panthers USFL Championship.
No. 4 Bob Fenimore: Two-time All-American in 1944 and 1945, led OSU to an 8-1 record in 1944 and a 9-0 record in 1945, led the nation in total offense in 1944 and 1945, still is the all-time leader in interceptions at Oklahoma State, inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame, was the first round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 1947.
No. 13 Kevin Williams: Only earned All-Big 12 honors once in 2002 but was centrugal force for OSU, helped lead Cowboys back to a bowl for first time in five seasons, drafted ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2003 NFL Draft, multiple Pro Bowls in the NFL playing for the Vikings.
No. 5 Justin Blackmon: Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the nationa's top receiver in 2010 and 2011, two-time All-American in 2010 and 2011, Offensive MVP in both the Alamo Bowl in 2010 and the Fiesta Bowl in 2012, fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
No. 12 Zac Robinson: Multiple record setting run/pass quarterback from 2006-2009, broke Mike Gundy's career passing and total offense records, three year NFL veteran now playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
No. 3 Mike Gundy: Last season passed Pat Jones as OSU's winningest all-time head coach and now has a record of 67-35, led Oklahoma State to their only outright modern day conference championship winning the Big 12 in 2011 and defeating Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl in the school's only appearance in a BCS bowl game, won the Eddie Robinson and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year awards in 2011, was a record setting quarterback for OSU from 1986-1989.
No. 14 R.W. McQuarters: Two-way performer that also returned kicks, only Cowboy to earn All-Big Eight and All-Big 12 honors during that time of transistion, also played basketball for Eddie Sutton, went on to long NFL career including a key interception to clinch an NFC semifinal win at Dallas as the New York Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLll.
No. 6 Leslie O'Neal: Two-time All American and most likely the best defensive lineman in OSU history, Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year in 1984, first-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 1986 NFL Draft, made six Pro Bowls and totaled 136 career sacks in the NFL.
No. 11 Walt Garrison: Likely one of the toughest Oklahoma State players ever, All-Big Eight in 1965 rushing for 924-yards, rushed for 173-yards in 1965 against Kansas State, played nine years in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and made one Pro Bowl and played in two Super Bowls winning one.
No. 7 Brandon Weeden: Became the first (first-team) All-Conference quarterback for Oklahoma State since 1932 (Clarence Highfill - Missouri Valley), led OSU to the Big-12 Championship and BCS bowl win over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, broke nearly every single season and career passing record record in OSU history in just two full seasons as a starter, drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
No. 10 Rashaun Woods: Two-time All-American in 2002 and 2003, finished as one of the top receivers in NCAA single season and career history with 293 receptions for 4,414-yards and 42 touchdowns, broke a 34-year NCAA record with seven touchdown receptions in a 2003 game with SMU, had three 1,000-yards plus receiving seasons, drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
No. 2 Thurman Thomas: All-time leading rusher in Oklahoma State history with 4,595-yards and 44 touchdowns, two-time All-American in 1985 and 1987, draftedby the Buffalo Bills in the 1988 NFL Draft and to this day is one of the most popular players in team history after helping lead the Bills to four Super Bowls, 1991 NFL Most Valuable Player, inducted in both College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.
No. 15 Darrel Gofourth: Cowboy All-American in 1976 at the center position after helping lead OSU to Big Eight Tri-Championship, two-time All-Big Eight performer, drafter in the seventh round by Green Bay in the 1977 NFL Draft, played eight years in the NFL with six for the Packers and two at San Diego
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Next week we will move to first round games in the Ward/Wadley Catch-All Regional.