Kirk Herbstreit, college football's dreamboat, went all bug-eyed Saturday night high above Boone Pickens Stadium. Herby blamed it on the Oklahoma Earthquake.
A likely story. Who could get rattled by a 5.6 magnitude quake? I mean, we've seen a number of earthquakes that big in Oklahoma. And that number is one.
But that's not the only thing that happened Saturday night for the first time. Herbstreit was witness to far greater signs of the apocalypse.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-0 and on a collision course with the No. 2 ranking in the BCS. Better yet, a rousing 52-45 victory over Kansas State that was so entertaining, it stole the thunder from LSU-Alabama's epic battle of field goals both made (five) and missed (four).
Yes, the Game of the Millennium had ferocious defense, the likes of which should carry LSU to the national title. LSU in the Superdome is too stiff a test for man or beast. But LSU-Alabama also had awful quarterbacking.
LSU's 9-6 overtime victory was a mercy killing. The teams took pity on college football fans and ended the darned thing. That game didn't take away our breath, it took away our interest. Especially of seeing these teams play again.
A Big Bowl rematch? Who could possibly want to see these teams play again?
Not the voters. More than one national scribe already has declared war on a rematch.
Far better for America to see fresh meat against LSU. OSU and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Stanford and Andrew Luck. Boise State and Kellen Moore. The Sooners and Landry Jones.
Anybody that can challenge the LSU defense.
Yes, defense was in short supply in Stillwater on Saturday night. The Cowboys aren't winning a national title with that kind of defensive performance and probably won't win the Big 12 with it, either.
But the spectacular entertainment – 29 points scored in the final 51/2 minutes; a goal-line stop by the Cowboys in the final 12 seconds – was a perfect script for the night.
It made us all clamor for an irresistible force/immovable object Big Bowl. Let us see what a big-time quarterback would do against the SEC sabertooths.
I know, I know, the SEC has eaten alive the likes of Sam Bradford and Troy Smith, Heisman winners both.
But it's not like the SEC has been toothless at QB in national title games. Three of the SEC's five straight national titles were won by Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and a Tebow/Chris Leak combo. Alabama's Greg McElroy won the 2009 title game only after Texas' Colt McCoy went down with a first-quarter injury.
And the '07 title game hardly was a battle royale of QBs: LSU's Matt Flynn and Ohio State's Todd Boeckman.
So none of the SEC's string of national championships was won with an inferior quarterback deficit. This one will have to be, unless the cosmos go crazy and there's an LSU-Bama rematch.
Of course, speaking of crazy cosmos, here in Oklahoma we get the mother of all heat waves in 2011, a Siberian snowstorm on Christmas Eve 2009, a 100-year flood in 2007. Ice storms that seem to come straight from the magic gun of Mister Freeze. And now a decent-sized earthquake?
And if earthquakes can rattle our walls and our college football dignitaries, why can't a team, like the Cowboys, use a hot-hand quarterback to finally stop the SEC's reign of terror?
Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.