NORMAN — Gerald McCoy took a victory lap around the Owen Field turf, the glass trophy given to the Bedlam winner held above his head.
The University of Oklahoma defensive tackle smiled every step of the way.
Beating Oklahoma State University 27-0 and derailing the Cowboys’ Bowl Championship Series bowl hopes on Saturday didn’t erase a season of disappointment, but the Sooners and their crimson-and-cream-clad faithful sure enjoyed themselves.
"Life is going to throw all types of different things at you, a lot of different hurdles,” McCoy said. "But in the end, you have to find a way to bounce back, pick yourself up and keep on fighting.
"We went out there and proved that today.”
The Sooners not only preserved their home winning streak — the nation’s best at 30 games — but also beat the Cowboys for the seventh consecutive season.
While those other losses have hurt the Cowboys, this one cut deeper. With a victory, OSU would’ve moved into a position for a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.
It would’ve been the program’s first BCS bowl and first major bowl assignment since the 1945 season.
"It is hard because we thought it was going to go our way this year,” Cowboy defensive back Perrish Cox said, "but we just have to focus on putting this behind us and getting our 10th win in the bowl game.