Keeping it a secret almost to game time, Ford had a team manager deliver the jacket to the locker room five minutes before tipoff.
“I told our guys,” Ford said, “‘I'm going to wear this jacket in honor of Kurt Budke tonight. He wore this jacket on Bedlam. The first time he wore it they upset OU here when they were No. 6 in America before a sellout crowd. Let's go represent that in the right way.'”
After the win, Ford and the Cowboys presented Budke's widow, Shelley, with the game ball.
“It was a little emotional in the locker room,” Page said.
Will the jacket, or one like it, become a permanent part of Ford's Bedlam attire?
“We'll see,” he said. “I haven't thought that far ahead yet.”
Can't do that with these Cowboys, although Ford called Monday night's performance perhaps his team's most complete performance, despite the poor shooting.
OSU did play with better movement on offense, getting some easier baskets, if not a bevy of baskets. Le'Bryan Nash matched his career-high with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Brian Williams added 13 points and Michael Cobbins contributed nine points and 10 boards.
It all added up to a Bedlam win.
“We explained to the guys that it's a different kind of game,” Page said. “It's a big-time game for us. We talked about how we had to make big plays to win this game. And that's what we did tonight.”