Willie Jean Yarbrough called her son, Charles Thompson, on Friday insisting he find her a ticket to the next day's Oklahoma-Iowa State game.
Thompson tried to talk her out of it.
It was too late for Yarbrough to get on the family ticket list. It was hard for her to get around much. Her grandson, Kendal Thompson, wasn't likely to play anyway.
But Yarbrough would have none of it.
“I was insisting,” she said. “It's just the feeling that I had.”
That feeling was that Kendal, the Sooners' third-string quarterback going into the game, would finally get to play in a real game on Owen Field.
By Friday night, Charles had found his mother a ticket.
Yarbrough has a substantial collection of angels, including ones named for each of her six children, 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Many of the figurines were lost when her southwest Oklahoma City home was destroyed in the May 20 tornado. Kendal's figurine was among those lost.
Saturday morning, she placed an angel — Kendal's new figurine — into her purse and went to a football game at OU for the first time since Charles starred at quarterback for the Sooners in 1988.
“It brought all the memories back,” Yarbrough said.
When starter Blake Bell was injured early and backup Trevor Knight helped the Sooners build up a big second-half lead, it became more and more likely that Kendal would make his debut.
Yarbrough got louder and louder.
“I kept saying, ‘I knew he was going to play,'” she said.
People behind her told her to sit down, but there was no way she was going to be contained.
Just past the midway point of the fourth quarter, with the Sooners up 41-10, Thompson finally got the call.
In the stands, his grandmother was chanting his name.
“He couldn't hear, but I had a feeling he know I was there,” she said.
A 12-yard run on the first carry, a 44-yard pass a few plays later and then a touchdown pass to Aaron Ripkowski had Kendal's family — and much of the rest of the crowd — rocking.
“It was pretty emotional,” Charles said. “We always just wanted him to have an opportunity, and it was great to see him get a chance to do something that he's dreamed of doing.
“He grew up 10 miles from this university. He's heard about my life and my time there. He'd walked down that ramp plenty of times but was waiting for a chance to play.”
Charles' time with the Sooners' ended with embarrassment, an arrest that was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated and helped lead to the resignation of Barry Switzer.
“These are situations that dreams are made of,” Charles said of watching his son play for the Sooners. “I never thought in 2,000 years that I would have the pleasure of enjoying the experience today.
“It's just one of those God-given deals. He's been wanting to do it. I know some will say it's only six minutes, but something's better than nothing. You've got to start somewhere.”