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OSU can still enjoy the moment as Big 12 football champion

by Jenni Carlson Published: December 4, 2011

Oklahoma State fans flooded the interwebs on Sunday night the way they flooded the Boone Pickens Stadium turf on Saturday night.

When the final numbers had been crunched and the last votes had been counted and the Cowboys had been left out of the BCS national championship game, social media sites and message boards filled with disappointed fans.

“If it's not the BCS title,” one tweeted, “then it's BS!!”

“Boycott the BCS,” another wrote. “Turn the invite down, tell (them) ‘no, thanks, the system is broke' and play in the Cotton.”

No doubt this was a downer.

OSU finished third in the BCS standings, a mere .009 points behind Alabama and a shot at LSU in the national championship game.

So close, yet so far.

But here's the thing, Cowboy fans. What happened Sunday night — a flawed system showing its faults once again — does not diminish what happened Saturday night. Shellacking Oklahoma. Winning the Big 12 outright. Proving that OSU football belongs.

The glory of all of that remains as bright as ever.

Cowboy fan Roger Cox reveled in it as he drove back to Amarillo on Sunday. Or maybe he floated.

He'd been in Stillwater for the game, after all.

“I think there is a huge feeling of vindication,” he said. “A lot of joy but also vindication now that the rest of the world is seeing what Cowboy fans and OSU supporters had started to realize some time back.”

He realized a couple years ago how many strides the football program was taking, and more than a year ago, he made a bet with his law partner that the Cowboys would win the conference title this season. The other attorney, a Texas grad, not only raised the bet to a steak dinner but also sent an office-wide email indicating that Cox had lost his mind.

“To him, that notion was incomprehensible and just plain funny,” Cox said. “He was not laughing with me but at me.”

Now, Cowboy fans are the ones laughing.

And celebrating.

The joy from Saturday night spilled over into Sunday.

Brent Colbert graduated from OSU last spring, but he was in the student section for Bedlam. He sat with his buddies, then stormed the field with them.

“I got a half chest bump, half high five from Todd Monken,” he said.

Colbert is no newbie to storming an athletic venue. He was among the first folks on the Gallagher-Iba Arena court when OSU beat top-ranked Kansas in basketball a few years back.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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