STILLWATER, Okla. -- It was just a 7-yard reception, but it was enough to bring the fans at Boone Pickens Stadium to their
Artrell Woods caught the pass from backup quarterback Alex Cate
on the final possession for No. 9 Oklahoma State in the Cowboys'
59-17 rout of Iowa State today.
The otherwise unremarkable play was notable because it was
Woods' first catch since he suffered a major back injury while
lifting weights on July 13th, 2007.
He suffered temporary paralysis and wondered if he'd walk
normally again, much less play football. After hospitalization,
months in a cumbersome back brace and lots of physical therapy,
Woods recovered to the point that he was cleared to again play
Of the 46,718 fans on hand, most knew his story, and so those
who remained until the end gave a loud cheer when Woods caught the
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore from Bryan, Texas, says he
didn't think it would take this long for him to get back in the
The applause, he says, was welcoming.
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