The band’s three-song medley included “Rodeo,” “Papa Loves Mama” and show-closing crowd-pleaser “Friends in Low Places.” They even spelled out Brooks’ name in cursive and, at a key moment in the final song’s sing-along chorus, formed the word “Oasis.”
Brooks attended Oklahoma State as a student-athlete, throwing javelin as a scholarship member of the track and field team. During his time as a student in Stillwater, Brooks lived with fellow country singer Ty England. After graduating in 1984 with an advertising degree, Brooks charted one of the most lucrative popular music careers of all time.
He remains a die-hard Cowboys fan, making him the most visible Oklahoma State supporter aside from the school’s lone Heisman Trophy winner, Barry Sanders.
Oklahoma State sports became a family tradition in 2010, when Brooks’ oldest daughter Taylor joined the women’s soccer team.
As for the Cowboys, they climbed to the top 10 following a 59-16 homecoming win over Baylor. Suddenly, the Nov. 4 rivalry game with the Oklahoma Sooners carries playoff implications. That is, if both teams avoid the upset bug spreading to every school outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.