STILLWATER â€” Mike Holder stood in the back of Oklahoma Stateâ€™s interview room tapping on his iPhone. Asked how he was holding up after a Bedlam football game that more than lived up to its nickname, he stared intently at the screen like it might transport him out of there. He tapped some more. He stared some more. â€œDonâ€™t even like to think about it,â€ the OSU athletic director said finally without even looking up. This one hurt. Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41. Gone is an outright claim to the Big 12 South title. Gone is a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game. Gone is the hope of going to a BCS bowl. And the Sooners took it all away. â€œItâ€™s almost indescribable,â€ Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said. â€œYour chance to be in a BCS bowl or at least play in the Big 12 championship game ... â€ He shook his head. â€œItâ€™s just kind of like somebody yanked it right out from under you.â€ For that somebody to be the Sooners? That was the worst fear of the orange-clad masses. Even as this magical season crescendoed toward Saturday nightâ€™s game, there was a great yet unspoken worry that all of the hopes and all of the dreams of Cowboys everywhere would come crashing down around them at the hands of the hated Sooners. That it happened was horrible. That it happened this way was even worse. The Cowboys had the Sooners right where they wanted them. After struggling in the first half, OSU rallied in the third quarter and tied the game heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter where OU has struggled throughout the season. The fourth quarter where the Sooners have been particularly vulnerable on the road. Not too surprisingly, the Sooners had another fourth-quarter meltdown. Thing is, the Cowboys had one that was worse. Even though OSU scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, it gave up 23 points. Perhaps the Cowboys shouldâ€™ve had a bad feeling when Sooner kicker Jimmy Stevens hit not one, not two but three field goals in the fourth quarter. Even though that was a foreboding sign, no one couldâ€™ve imagined what was to come. First, there was an 86-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Cam Kenney that gave the Sooners a nine-point lead. Then after an electrifying 89-yard kickoff return from Justin Gilbert, Jones hit James Hanna for a 76-yard touchdown pass. â€œThe first one ... it was a situation where a guy ran a post route right by us,â€ Young said. â€œWe had a busted coverage on the second one.â€ The Cowboys had defensive backs who were cramping up all night. Maybe it was the intensity of the game. Maybe it was the duration that the defense was on the field. Maybe it was the lack of depth. No excuses, though. â€œWeâ€™ve got no one to blame but ourselves,â€ Young said. Even though the fourth quarter is all that anyone will remember about this game, the Cowboys had other problems that led to their demise. A roughing the punter call that kept an OU drive alive that led to a touchdown. An interception that fell through not one, but two sets of OSU hands. Then, there was the bum ankle that hobbled Justin Blackmon. The Cowboysâ€™ superstar receiver spent the first four or five days of the week in a cast, then wore a boot the day before the game. â€œWe didnâ€™t totally know if we were going to have him all week,â€ Cowboy offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. â€œIt got us out of whack a little bit.â€ Blackmon still had 105 yards and a touchdown, tying the NCAA record with 11 consecutive games with at least 100 yards and one touchdown. â€œYou canâ€™t keep him off the field,â€ Holgorsen said. It was the type of performance that should be remembered for years to come, that should be talked about in Bedlam lore. But instead, this game will be remembered for so many other things. For how close the Cowboys came to glories never before experienced. For the way Boone Pickens Stadium stood still when Hanna caught that second touchdown pass. Even Boone Pickens himself couldnâ€™t believe what he was seeing. He stood on the walkway above the east end zone during the final minutes of the game, and as Hanna broke into the open, sprinted down the field and crossed the goal line, Pickens turned and headed toward the exit. He was gone before the extra-point attempt. Whether mega-booster or athletic director or every man Cowboy fan, there is no solace today. This one hurt.