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Gloves and Dreams: Jamarkus McFarland’s interception

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 9, 2012
Oklahoma's Jamarkus McFarland (97) fumbles the ball after an interception 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 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)
It was Texas Tech’s first drive of the game and Jamarkus McFarland already couldn’t feel his hands.

The senior defensive tackle was cold. It wasn’t a typical Oct. 6 in Lubbock, Texas. The sky was overcast and the temperature had dropped to 48 degrees with 10 miles per hour winds by kickoff.

He asked one of the equipment guys to grab his gloves.

Right before Texas Tech’s second offensive drive, McFarland’s gloves were brought to him. He told the equipment staffer that he would put them on during the next drive since the defense was already out on the field.

Four plays later, the ball was tipped and fell in to McFarland’s still cold hands for his first interception of his career.

It was a moment he’d dreamed about, literally.

Last week, McFarland was defending the screen in a dream. He caught an interception.

Everybody’s been asking how it ends. Did he wake up before he scored?

He doesn’t really remember — maybe he was tackled.

Against Texas Tech McFarland actually did go down.. The tackle came from Seth Doege, the Tech quarterback who threw the pick. That’s when the dream goes a bit fuzzy and reality went from bragging rights to frustration.

In reality, McFarland fumbled.

“All I was seeing was a black end zone and then I saw green and I was like, ‘Ah man,’” McFarland recalled of Saturday. “Gahhhh.”

So what about the dream? Did he fumble there too?

“I think I got tackled,” McFarland said of the dream. “I didn’t fumble. I know that.”

On Monday, McFarland said the interception that turned into a fumble “hurt,” but commented that he there was a reason he had the dream before reality.

“God was talking to me,” McFarland said. “It was just an experience — a big play like that is something you can tell your kids about later on, but I just didn’t end the way I wanted it to.”

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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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