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Another wild Thursday night for the Cowboys

Columnist Jenni Carlson says Oklahoma State committed way too many penalties and made way too many mistakes, but the cowboys came up with the big plays when they needed them.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 1, 2010 at 10:29 am •  Published: October 1, 2010

STILLWATER — Maybe it's the black uniforms.

Maybe it's the Thursday night games.

"I think it's a little bit of both," Dan Bailey said.

The Oklahoma State kicker decided Thursday night's thriller at Boone Pickens Stadium. Why not let him decide this?

His game-winning field goal as time expired lifted OSU to a 38-35 victory against Texas A&M, igniting a wild celebration and capping a magical night.

A maddening night, too.

The Cowboy defense surrendered 409 yards passing but snagged four interceptions. The Cowboy offense managed only seven points in the first half but rolled up 31 in the second half. They committed too many penalties and made too many mistakes, but they came up with big plays when they had to have them.

"It was definitely a roller-coaster game," Bailey said. "Big plays from both teams on both sides of the ball."

No play was bigger than the senior kicker's 40-yard field goal.

After a Shaun Lewis interception, a Josh Cooper catch and a Kendall Hunter run, Bailey trotted onto the field with only 2 seconds remaining.

He lined up for the try.

And Texas A&M called timeout. Bailey expected that it would.

Then, just like he'd pretended as a kid, he lined up for the game-winning kick. And just like he'd done as a kid, he nailed it.

"Dan made a great kick," Cowboy wide receiver Justin Blackmon said. "A great kick under pressure."

The Cowboys spilled onto the field, mobbing Bailey and engulfing him.

Perhaps we should've expected this. The last time the Cowboys played on Thursday night, it was another heart-stopping, gut-wrenching doozy. This is apparently becoming the script for Thursday night games.

First, the Cowboys wear the beloved black uniforms.

Then, the starting quarterback struggles in the first half.

Finally, Brandon Weeden comes in and saves the day in the second half.

There was one major deviation from last season's Thursday night thriller against Colorado — Alex Cate was not in the building.

That guy wearing the No. 3 jersey in the first half was Weeden, not Cate. But he sure struggled like Cate did in the Cowboys' Thursday night game a year ago.

Box Score: OSU, 38 - Texas A&M, 35 Share your postgame thoughts

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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