'Game of the Century' had nothing on OSU-Kansas State

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — All the hype for Alabama-LSU might have been a tad misplaced. Even Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said folks probably should have been watching his Cowboys win over Kansas State that kept OSU in the middle of the national championship hunt.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 5, 2011
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After K-State tied the game 45-45, OSU marched down the field. Brandon Weeden connected with Isaiah Anderson for 33 yards, then with Justin Blackmon for 9 yards. Then on a third and 1, the offensive line parted the purple sea and Joseph Randle weaved his way 23 yards into the end zone.

Everyone had a hand in the success of the drive.

Then the OSU defense found a way to get a stop at the end of the game. After a pair of third-down conversions and even a fourth-down conversion, K-State was all the way at the OSU 5-yard line.

But Markelle Martin broke up a pass in the end zone. Then, Brodrick Brown did the same.

And on the last play of the game, Justin Gilbert cut in front of receiver Tramaine Thompson, who looked to be the primary target. Klein saw the Cowboy defensive back and tried to throw over him, but Thompson didn't adjust.

Pass incomplete.

Game over.

“We've played a lot of crazy games this year, and this certainly fits the bill,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said. “It may top it.”

It would be hard to imagine a crazier night. A team that never turns the ball over committed four turnovers. A team that can't throw the ball passed for a season-high 231 yards.

The exclamation mark on the madness?

An earthquake that hit shortly after the Wildcats' last-second pass fell incomplete and the Cowboys' sideline-clearing celebration matched the hysterics in the Boone Pickens Stadium stands.

The press box shook for a good minute.

Of course, there might've been a dozen earthquakes in the final minute of this game. No one would've been able to tell the difference between the forces of Mother Nature and the voices of Cowboy Nation.

A national championship dream lives on for the Cowboys because they made the plays that needed to be made.

Shaken, but unstirred.

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by Jenni Carlson
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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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