LAWRENCE, Kan. â€” The chant rose out of the orange-shaded corner of Memorial Stadium before the final seconds had even ticked off the clock.
â€œBeat OU! Beat OU!â€
The Oklahoma State faithful can be forgiven for looking ahead a bit prematurely. This week's game against Kansas was over long before the final horn, and next week's showdown against Oklahoma is only the biggest game in program history.
But before we get to that, let's put a wrap on Saturday.
OSU 48, KU 14.
The Cowboys did what everyone thought they would do to the hapless Jayhawks, and yet this was a momentous day. This was regular-season win No. 10. This was a first for the program.
â€œIt's great to be part of history and all that,â€ Cowboy receiver Josh Cooper said, â€œbut we've got to win the next game.â€
â€œLet's get 11.â€
Turns out Cowboy fans weren't the only ones thinking about Bedlam on Saturday afternoon.
The players are well aware of what lies ahead. A rivalry game. A chance to win the Big 12 South. An opportunity to play in the conference championship game.
â€œIt's definitely the biggest game of my life,â€ Cowboy defensive tackle Shane Jarka said. â€œI'm not exaggerating that at all.â€
No reason to think he would be.
This is the biggest game in the program's history. There have been other times when OSU has played with high stakes, but never have they been any loftier than next week. Take everything that's in play for the Cowboys, add in the Bedlam rivalry, and you have a game like no other in program history.
And remember, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year, a transition season.
Heck, most pundits and prognosticators said before the season that Saturday's contest at Kansas would be a toss-up game for OSU.
Instead, everyone was shocked when the Cowboys led the Jayhawks by only six points at halftime.
OSU started slowly, especially on defense. The Cowboys allowed the Jayhawks more yards on their first two drives than they had all of last week against Nebraska. Receivers were running free. Tailbacks were finding seams. Even Quinn Mecham, the third quarterback to start for the Jayhawks this season, was hurting the Cowboys.
Kansas scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions.Box Score: OSU, 48 - Kansas, 14