Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Sept. 15, 2012.

Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Sept. 15, 2012.

Former Wildcat Desmond Roland didn’t score any touchdowns for Oklahoma State at the Heart of Dallas Bowl yesterday, but he likely solidified his role as a workhorse in the backfield, with 9 carries for 51 yards. The Cowboys won the game 58-14, and Lake Highlanders can expect to see D-Ro, as we called him before he graduated from LHHS in 2011, carry the ball much more over the next two years.

Playing in a major college bowl game in Dallas’ storied Cotton Bowl stadium was a heady experience for the sophomore, no doubt, and Heart of Dallas is unique. Proceeds go to Dallas charities serving the homeless, so Desmond and his teammates had a chance to have a little fun with their Purdue opponents, helping out at the North Texas Food Bank a few days before the big game. (Naturally, with that much testosterone involved, sacking and shelving canned goods for the needy became a competition, but it was all for a good cause and they were high-fiving and posing for pics by day’s end.) The two teams also enjoyed a few rounds at Top Golf.

Congratulations, Desmond!

okstate at north texas food bank