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The excitement and disappointment of Jamarkus McFarland’s interception

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012
Oklahoma's Jamarkus McFarland (97) fumbles the ball after an interception beside Texas Tech's LaAdrian Waddle (65) at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jamarkus McFarland (97) fumbles the ball after an interception beside Texas Tech's LaAdrian Waddle (65) at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

One second Jamarkus McFarland was running. The next second he was falling and the next he was raised both fists and pounded the ground.

Just moments prior, McFarland had caught a Seth Doege pass that was tipped by OU’s R.J. Washington. McFarland ran the ball 13 yards and just as he was falling, the ball slipped from his right hand. Fumble. Tech recovered.

Had McFarland wanted to throw a three-year-old-like temper tantrum, many OU fans probably would have joined right along with the 6-foot-2, 288 pound defensive tackle. But J-Mac, as he’s referred to on the team, just kind of lay on his stomach with his eyes on the ground.

Defensive captain David King watched the whole thing. He even got in the mix trying to throw a block but it wasn’t enough.

“When J-Mac got it I was like Yes! I tried to go through a block but it didn’t  work out to well,” King said. “Then I fell. I looked up and I was like ,Oh no J-Mac.”

King was located to the side of J-Mac, his hands on his knees, slightly shaking his head. He had preached turnovers to the defense during the past two weeks and this was so close to everything going right. King tried to look at the positive side of the entire play.

“Good for him for picking it off,” King said, “but we’re going to give him a little bit of crap for fumbling it this week.”

 

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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