Oklahoma State's Brodrick Brown found himself all over the highlight shows Saturday night.
Good and bad.
The sophomore cornerback came up big in the first half, picking off one pass and playing a major part in another on a tip drill worthy of play of the year consideration.
With Sooners quarterback Landry Jones trying to throw a ball away, Brown leaped over the sideline into the OU bench area, grabbing the pass and â€” before ever touching down â€” flipped the ball back into the field of play for Shaun Lewis to intercept.
Brown, however, would rather forget a series of fourth-quarter plays that saw the Sooners turn back an OSU rally.
First, he dropped an interception, one play before the Sooners struck for an 86-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-12 play.
Brown was on the field moments later, after Justin Gilbert's kickoff return put the Pokes back in the game, as the Sooners struck again, this time for a 76-yard scoring pass.
In fairness to Brown, and the Cowboys defense, they were on the field too much, after a slow-starting offense and turnovers kept sending them back on the field in the first half. Overall, the Sooners ran a staggering 107 plays.
â€œIt was an issue,â€ said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. â€œOur corners were cramping up all night long.
â€œIt shows obviously we have to get a little depth in that area. It's unfair for us to put them in those situations.â€
The Cowboys played much of the game without starting left tackle Nick Martinez, who suffered a broken hand a week ago at Kansas. Martinez started, but struggled with the hand battles that take place along the line.
The absence of Martinez forced some shuffling, with right tackle Levy Adcock shifting to the left side and backup Jordan Taormina slipping into Adcock's spot.
The Cowboys defense was getting off the field at a key juncture in the second quarter, only to be sent back out due to a roughing the kicker penalty.
OU already led 14-10, when the Sooners faced fourth-and-15 from the OSU 40. The Cowboys called for a block, and nearly got there, with Gilbert was flagged when he was knocked into Sooners punter Tress Way.
The Sooners scored four plays later to go ahead 21-10.
â€œJustin got off his feet and the guy knocked him into the punter,â€ OSU coach Mike Gundy said. â€œI believe the rule states that you're responsible for yourself, even if you get blocked into the punter.
â€œI don't know how they determine a personal foul and a 5-yard penalty. I've still never (been clear) on that. Obviously, they made the call and it wasn't good for us, because after that they went in and scored.â€
TAKING A TOLL
The Cowboys defense was playing OK, and doing its part in the second half, holding OU to three field goals through the first 26-plus minutes of the half.
Then they wilted, perhaps crumbling under extensive duty that saw the Sooners run 107 plays.
â€œWe had a bunch of guys cramping,â€ Young said. â€œWe haven't had that all year long. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was a little warmer than we expected. Maybe we didn't hydrate enough. That's the first time that's happened.â€
While much speculation surrounding OSU's potential bowl destinations, in the case of a Bedlam loss, have centered on the Alamo, Cotton and Insight bowls, a BCS bid isn't out of the question.
Even with two losses, the Cowboys could be appealing to the Orange Bowl.
OSU sources said the Orange Bowl has been in consistent contact. And the bowl had a committee member â€“ not one of their scouts â€“ at the game Saturday night.
FIRST LADY FLARE
Ann Hargis, wife of Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis, showed her school spirit early in the Bedlam game.
The First Lady of OSU joined the ROTC cadet on the sideline, taking on the traditional pushup duties after the Cowboys' first score, a Dan Bailey field goal.
Her only regret: the Pokes didn't score a touchdown.
Paul Meuser is a long-time high school basketball coach in Oklahoma, with a successful stint spent at Norman High School.
Saturday night, he was all-OSU, including a fashion statement featuring a black No. 3 Cowboys jersey.
Big fan? Now he is.
Meuser's daughter, Melanie, is the wife of Brandon Weeden.
Along with Bedlam, Saturday night's final home game at Boone Pickens Stadium also featured Senior Night, with 16 Cowboys receiving a farewell.
Among them: linebacker Tolu Moala, who was wearing a huge lei.
Moala, of Polynesian decent, went down the line, presenting smaller leis to each of his senior teammates.