Much speculation surrounds Justin Blackmon's status going forward.
Will he jump to the NFL as a draft-eligible sophomore?
Will he return to the Cowboys for another run at a Big 12 title and maybe even a Heisman Trophy?
Blackmon did his thing again Wednesday night, enough to make both sides â€” OSU fans and NFL personnel types alike â€” hope they have him in 2011.
There were records:
*The most receiving yards (1,782) by a sophomore receiver in NCAA history, surpassing Larry Fitzgerald's mark (1,672) from 2003
*A 12th game with at least 100 yards and one touchdown, another NCAA mark.
*The most single-season receptions (111) in school history.
*The most receiving yards in a season in school history.
*The most touchdown catches (20) in a season in school history.
There have been reports this week that Blackmon told a group of OSU fans that he was coming back to school next season. He might have been playing to the crowd, or he might have been breaking news.
After the rout of Arizona, and after Cowboys fans chanted, â€œOne more yearâ€¦ One more yearâ€ as Blackmon accepted the Offensive MVP award, he sounded undecided about a decision that has so far been delayed.
â€œIt's still delayed and until I make my decision,â€ Blackmon said, â€œit's going to be delayed.â€
Decision Day is Jan. 15.
Both sides will be watching.
Blackmon isn't the only Cowboy with pending plans.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden also has a decision to make, with the possibility he, too, could declare for the NFL Draft.
Most NFL analysts suggest Weeden could greatly benefit from another year at OSU. And he's not ranked in the vicinity of Blackmon, who currently projects as a first round pick.
Still, Weeden could further improve his stock in the time between now and the NFL Draft in April.
What might he do?
â€œI'll tell you Jan. 15,â€ he said.
And what of the lethal combination of Weeden-to-Blackmon? Have we seen the last of it?
â€œI'll tell you Jan. 15.â€
2010: BEST EVER?
For all the low expectations accompanying the Cowboys into this season, the team posted one of the best seasons in school history.
Maybe the best, depending on the perspective.
â€œIt feels great to get 11 wins,â€ said defensive tackle Shane Jarka. â€œThe OSU program is on the up and up.â€
OSU tied for the Big 12 South title and won 11 games for the first time in school history.
The contenders for best Cowboys season ever:
*2010: 11-2, won Alamo Bowl
*1945: 9-0, won Cotton Bowl
*1944: 8-1, won Cotton Bowl
*1984: 10-2, won Gator Bowl
*1988: 10-2, won Holiday Bowl
*1987: 10-2, won Sun Bowl
BIG FOOT BAILEY
When Quinn Sharp was ruled academically ineligible, robbing the Cowboys of their superb punter and kickoff specialist, all the kicking duties fell onto Dan Bailey.
Bailey won this season's Lou Groza Award as the nation's outstanding placekicker. And in the tradition of the multi-talented Groza, who doubled as an outstanding lineman, Bailey handled his expanded role quite well.
He averaged 39 yards on five punts, with a long of 48 yards and another boot inside the 20. His kickoffs were strong. And in his day job, Bailey booted three field goals, covering 40, 50 and 44 yards, making him 27-of-31 on field goals for the season.
Bailey's only glitch: a missed extra point, only the second miss of his career.
â€œIt was a fun way to go out,â€ Bailey said. â€œI got a chance to do a little bit of everything.â€
Bailey, a senior, didn't have a lot of time to adjust to the extra workload, with the news of Sharp's loss revealed upon the team's arrival in San Antonio.
â€œIt happened so quick,â€ Bailey said, â€œI just said, â€˜I'm going to have fun with it.'
â€œIt's kind of funny, I messed up with the one thing I've been doing all season.â€
ANDY ON THE SPOT
Along with Sharp, Cowboys deep snapper Marc Yerry was also ruled academically ineligible for the bowl game.
His replacement, freshman Andrew Suter, handled the job and more.
On the game's first punt, Suter delivered a strong snap to Bailey, then raced downfield to recover a fumble by Arizona's Travis Cobb, setting up the game's first touchdown.
â€˜PICKING' IT UP
OSU was one of the last teams in the country to pick off a pass this season, with no interceptions through two games.
But entering the Alamo Bowl, the Cowboys ranked No. 21 nationally with 16 picks through 12 games. And seven different Cowboys had interceptions.
OSU was back at it against Arizona with three more interceptions.
Markelle Martin snared his third against the Wildcats, and it was a big one, with Martin romping 62 yards for a touchdown with his second-quarter pick of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
Johnny Thomas halted an Arizona threat with an interception of Foles at the OSU 2.
And in the third quarter, James Thomas became OSU's eighth player with a pick this season, also off Foles.
RISE AND SHINE
The Cowboys installed a defensive wrinkle for the Alamo Bowl, keeping their defensive linemen upright on several obvious passing downs.
A growing trend across the country, the ploy, dubbed â€œFunâ€ by the Cowboys, provided some solid results, including pressure and sacks.
Overall, the Cowboys finished with five sacks.
â€œFun was fun, and we had fun out on the field,â€ said defensive tackle Chris Donaldson, who had one of the sacks.
OSU bolted to a 14-0 lead at the 8:46 mark of the first quarter, staking itself to an edge it would never relinquish.
It marked the first time in this bowl season that a Big 12 team took the initial lead.
And the win marked the Big 12's first victory in three bowl games, following losses by Missouri and Baylor.
Feeds from the world of Twitter:
â€œHolgorsen, coach in leaving.â€ â€”
Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsline
â€œMike Stoops about to go Full Pelini â€” and it's still early. Settle in, kids. This could get good.â€ â€”
â€œIt took less than seven minutes of action for Dana Holgorsen's offense to score more than his future program scored all of last night.â€ â€”
Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com
â€œ(Blackmon) has my stamp of approval. Heck of a player.â€ â€”
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
â€œDeep breaths, Mike, deep breaths. You've got bigger problems than Zendejas.â€ â€”
Stewart Mandel, SI.com
â€œIf just blackmon is playing for oklahoma state next season, I will walk to stillwater from brooklyn to interview him.â€ â€”
Ralph Drusso, Associated Press
â€œCraig James: â€˜Arizona out kept the ball away from Oklahoma State.' To the concussion shed with you, Mr. James.â€ â€”
Wendell Barnhouse, Big 12 Conference
â€œokla state soph wr blackmon â€“ 100 yds, 1 td in all 12 games for cowpokes â€“ is so ready for the nfl. wow.â€ â€”
Dick Weiss, New York Daily News
Highlights from the NewsOK.com live chat:
*Great fumble recovery!
*this is blackmon's last game as a cowboy, let him have some fun.
*Huge OSU fan...and still fuming at Blackmon.
*SACK!!! way to go Ugo
*OSU learned to play defense since the OU game
*Gotta love blackmon and the effort he is giving
*bad idea....field goal kickers and Stoops don't mix lately
*What's up with the O?
*Blackmon is a beast!
*Holgorsen is a great coach and play caller. We will miss him dearly, unless Mike Leach comes on board for next year.
*Bailey ur an animal
*OSU WILL BE RANKED IN THE TOP 10 TO BEGIN THE 2011 SEASON
*11-2 Cowboys!!!! Awesome!! Signing out....