The process was a slow burning candle for Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace.
But when senior day finally snuck up on the veteran wide receiver, he couldn’t help but be emotional.
“It’s a bittersweet moment in a way,” Wallace said. “Going out, knowing it’s your last one in Boone Pickens Stadium. I feel like when I was a freshman this stuff was going by so slow. Then you get here and you’re like ‘last game here, I’m already about to leave.’ It gets a little emotional when you get out there and you realize you’ll never be able to play in this stadium again.”
With emotions running high, Wallace made the most of his last home opportunity by having one of his best statistical performances of the year (129 yards, 1 touchdown). This performance, and his team’s 50-44 win over Texas Tech, allowed Wallace and the rest of the senior class to seal their careers at Boone Pickens Stadium with a victory.
“But I just couldn’t be really more proud of the team and the way we played and what a way to go out with a win,” Wallace said.
The victory over Texas Tech marked the senior class’ 41st victory as a unit and sixth on the season. Other members of this class include Dee Anderson, LD Brown, Calvin Bundage, Logan Carter, Micah Cooper, Devin Harper, Christian Holmes, Teven Jenkins, Tay Martin, Dayton Metcalf, Cameron Murray, Amen Ogbongbemiga, Walker Reed, Malcolm Rodriguez, Ry Schneider, Dillon Stoner, Tracin Wallace, Rodarius Williams, Landon Wolf.
Some members of other classes, like redshirt sophomore Jason Taylor II, will remember this class for their leadership –– especially during an unprecedented pandemic.
“The senior class, them leaving, it’s deep,” Taylor said. They’re a great class and I think they have a lot of leadership.”
For coach Mike Gundy, the senior leadership extends both on and off the field.
“It’s another special group,” Gundy said. “We’ve had class after class come in here that they’ve all been to bowl games, they’ve all been ranked high in the country in their career, they’ve all played in big-time television games… Hopefully we're putting a product out there that can be productive in society and help give back and make the world a better place.”