When Oklahoma State's players and coaches landed at the Stillwater airport after the trip home from Ames, they were greeted with a pleasant surprise.
It was 2:45 in the morning and some 150 friends, family and supporters were waiting to cheer their return – from a loss.
On Twitter, several Cowboys voiced their appreciation.
Tracy Moore: “Its amazing the support at the airport waiting for us even after losing! Love cowboy nation.”
Lane Taylor: “Made it back home safely. Good to see the #CowboyNation still supporting us.”
MONKEN ON BOARD
In the aftermath of OSU's upset loss at Iowa State, analysts were quick to proclaim the Cowboys out of the national title hunt and Brandon Weeden out of the Heisman Trophy chase.
Weeden was picked off three times by the Cyclones, but did throw for 476 yards and three touchdowns, with two of the interceptions coming off tipped balls.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken scoffed at any critics focused on one game.
“A team loses a game, all of a sudden he's not a good player, not good enough to win the Heisman,” Monken said. “That's a bunch of crap. That kid's a great football player. It didn't go our way (Friday night).”
COOP CATCHING UP
Lost in OSU's loss: a big game by receiver Josh Cooper, who caught 13 passes for 128 yards.
Cooper now has 60 receptions on the season, tying for 10th on the Cowboys' single-season list with Hart Lee Dykes (1986) and Adarius Bowman (2006). Cooper also climbed into eighth place, past Curtis Mayfield, on the career receiving list with 1,634 yards.