Different days. Different parts of the country. Different weather. Different moods. Different endings.
But make no mistake. The Cowboys and Sooners were in the same place over the weekend.
Never before had Iowa State beaten a team ranked No. 2 in the country. Or No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6.
Never before had Baylor beaten the Sooners, no matter the ranking.
All that changed in a 24-hour period that shifted our state off ground zero of college football's annual Wipeout.
Two straight nights of fans storming the field, first Friday night in the cold of Ames, Iowa, then Saturday night in the warm humidity of Waco, Texas.
Down went the Cowboys from national title contention, then out went the Sooners.
And once again America was reminded of why this maddening sport, with its scandal and its deified coaches and its immoral scheduling and its unsatisfying postseason, still grips us the way Pete Rose gripped his Mizuno.
We can't quit this sport, not when it gives us a weekend like Iowa State 37, OSU 31, and Baylor 45, OU 38, and Southern Cal 38, Oregon 35. Not when a couple of unassuming November nights leaves the top 10 looking like one of my bowling splits.
It stinks for the Cowboys, who were bearing down on history. It stinks for the Sooners, who were thinking Big Bowl themselves.
But it's fabulous for college football. You know it's coming, a week in which upsets reign, you just don't know when.
And it's fabulous for the Big 12, with its historic bottom-feeders pulling off the double upset.
The league has been battered and tossed and broken for its economic policies. Competitive imbalance rules, they say.
But here sits Oklahoma State in first place, Kansas State in second place, Baylor in fourth place and Iowa State dead even with Texas in a tie for seventh. Next time someone prattles on about inequity, Big 12 fathers have a ready reply.
Losing to Iowa State was a total bummer for OSU. The Cowboys are a great tale; the nation was starting to be charmed by the Stillwater Story.
But the coolest sight in college football over the weekend was the flooded field at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State's hearty fans were rewarded with one magic moment that trumps anything seen in March.
And while Baylor's celebration couldn't match the Cyclones', the Bears unleashed a generation worth of frustration. Its students and band have a decent little tradition of rushing the field before each game. On this wild Saturday night, they got to rush the field after the game.
When this happens to anyone else, we sit here in Oklahoma with a smile and a nod and maybe even a little cheer.
When it happens to us and our teams, we don't have to like it, but we do have to admit, this is why we love this sport so.
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