Jacob Russell's uncle sent him a text the morning after Bedlam.
“You've GOT to see the front of the sports section,” it said.
The Oklahoma State junior didn't think much of the note. He figured there was probably a picture of the celebration from the night before. The Cowboys had rolled the Sooners, and the fans had stormed the field. Maybe there was a fun shot of the pandemonium on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf. Perhaps a shot of the goal posts being carted around the field.
But then Russell's dad called.
“You're a star,” he said.
“What are you talking about?” Russell said.
What his dad, his uncle and hundreds of thousands of others saw that morning on the cover of The Oklahoman's sports page was Russell celebrating with Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden. He was one of several fans captured by photographer Chris Landsberger, but of course, in the mad crush of fans, there was no way to gather all their names.
But each and every one of them has a story of their encounter with the OSU star.
Through the wonder if social media, we found a couple of them, and their tales remind us just how special that night was for Cowboy fans.
A picture's worth a thousand words?
Then a thousand words it is for this column.
Melissa Colvert and her husband, Jared, bought season tickets for the first time this year. They'd attended games regularly since she graduated in 2008 with an elementary education degree, but this season, they didn't want to take a chance that they wouldn't be able to find Bedlam tickets.
They knew the game was going to be something special.
Sitting with half a dozen friends in Section 332, they watched as a night for the ages unfolded. The Cowboy offense clicked along like always. The Cowboy defense played better than ever. OSU was going to not only blow out OU but also win its first outright Big 12 title and qualify for a first-ever BCS bowl.
“I think was just kind of unspoken,” Colvert said, “but toward the end … it was like, ‘We're going down there, right?'”
Colvert never experienced anything as big as this Bedlam during her college days. Sure, she's worked at Daylight Donuts south of campus and served Mike Gundy coffee almost every day — “Practically part of the football family, if you ask me,” she joked — but that was nothing compared to this.
Colvert had to be part of the celebration, planning to go down the steps onto the field but finding that the momentum of the crowd left her no choice but to go over the wall that surrounds the field. After getting onto the turf, she somehow found her husband and started to make her way to the middle of the field.
That was when she spotted Weeden.
“C'mon, it's Weeden!” she hollered at her husband. “Get a picture of me with Weeden!”
They started trailing the quarterback, Colvert patting his back, trying to get his attention.
For the better part of five minutes, she trailed Weeden as he high-fived and hugged and had a great time with the fans.