“There's not really a lot to say. It's a very disappointed locker room. These guys have played so well and have taken this program to a level where every time they lose now, for them, it's like the end of the world.”
End of the world. Cataclysmic. Same thing.
The devastation at the end masked all the other marvels of the afternoon. The historic cold, with kickoff temperatures at 16 degrees. The first-quarter earthquake, which came just as OSU's Ben Grogan kicked a 41-yard field goal. The remarkable drama of Chelf shaking off a mediocre day to supply a memorable touchdown drive.
“It hurts,” said OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis. “You prepare your tail off, you have fun with people that you love in the locker room, create a bond, find an excitement for the game, and the outcome isn't what you want. It definitely hurts.”
The Cowboys lost it at the end, no doubt, but they also lost it in the third quarter. Chelf threw a 15-yard TD pass to Des Roland, OSU led 17-10 and the Sooners were trying to navigate with Kendal Thompson at quarterback.
A shoulder injury on the final play of the second quarter knocked out Trevor Knight, and OU went with reasonable facsimile Thompson for most of the next four series.
The Sooners did little with Thompson. But OSU did little itself with the lead. Four Cowboy possessions in the third quarter after that Chelf TD pass: OSU made two first downs total and never put OU on its heels.
The Sooners stayed in the game and, in the end, found a way to win it. As they usually do in Bedlam.
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