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FIESTA BOWL MATCHUP
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Stanford Cardinal
Ja. 2, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. ET | ESPN
Stadium Guide: Fiesta Bowl
Year Opened: 1913 | Field Surface: Artificial Turf
Only three other schools in Division I-A football play in an older stadium than the venerable venue that is home to the Cowboys. That fact is perhaps belied by the pristine exterior and exquisite landscape surrounding Boone Pickens Stadium. Renamed in 2003 and dedicated at a halftime ceremony, the facility honors OSU alumnus and famed Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens.
The field, however, is still known as Lewis Field as had the stadium since 1920. Before that it was called Lewis Field, taking its name from Laymon Lowery Lewis, a former dean of veterinary medicine and of science and literature. Lewis also served as the university's acting president in 1914.
This stadium that now seats more than 60,000 is far cry from its modest beginnings in 1913. The differences range from aesthetics to the actual positioning of the field. Originally the field was designed to run north-south. As Lewis Field began to add permanent seating just prior to its first official season, the field was rotated to run east-west to avoid the strong head winds that could dramatically impact the outcome of a game.
In 2009 against Texas, 58,516 Pokes fans entered the gates of the stadium, which had been rededicated earlier that season in recognition of an upgrade to the west end zone.
The Pistol Pete mascot stems from the tale of the truest cowboy known to the Midwest just after the time of the Civil War. Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton was but 8 when his father, a former Union soldier, was shot and killed by a group of lawless Confederates. Afterward a family friend by the name of Mose Beaman gave young Eaton some sage advice. As Pistol Pete told it, Beaman said, "My boy, may an old man's curse rest upon you, if you do not try to avenge your father. ... You must never stop until they are all accounted for!"
Pistol Pete sought to learn how to handle guns in hopes to avenge his father's murder. At the age of 15, he learned the location and identity of his father's killers and set out to get just one last spot of training. He visited Oklahoma's Fort Gibson, a cavalry fort, to compete with the outfit's best marksmen. Beating them each time, he readied himself to finish the mission. He would eventually accomplish his goal and avenge his father's death.
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