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December 31, 2013

Cotton Bowl special for OSU’s Patmon

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tyler Patmon spent three seasons at the University of Kansas, starting 32 games for a program that won just six games in his time in Lawrence, Kan., and had not been to a bowl game since 2008.

So in his final year of college football — his one and only at Oklahoma State — he is soaking up the moment with the Cowboys attending the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

“It’s been great. I’ve really been enjoying it, just soaking it all in,” Patmon said. “I’ve had a great time so far and looking forward to playing in this game.”

Cowboy coach Mike Gundy has used Patmon as an example for not taking things for granted. Following the Iowa State victory, which clinched OSU’s eighth-straight season to qualify for a bowl, Patmon sent out a tweet to vocalize his excitement: “Officially bowl eligible for the first time in my college career!!! Feels great but that’s far from the goal!! #ILoveThisFamily #CountOnMe.”

“He always wanted to see what it was like because being at KU, after their last game they got to go home,” sophomore cornerback Ashton Lampkin said. “He said it was always a sick feeling in his stomach every time. Everybody wants to win and go to a bowl game and have fun. He wanted to have that experience.”

But Patmon’s path to Stillwater wasn’t easy.

Patmon elected to leave the Kansas program after he did not appear to be meshing with new coach Charlie Weis. He graduated early from KU, which allowed him to play right away for whichever college he transferred to.

According to first-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, the coaching staff didn’t necessarily need to bring in Patmon — with an already deep cornerback pool led by key contributors Justin Gilbert, Kevin Peterson and Lampkin.

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