Justin Blackmon's string of successes and superlatives has spoiled us.
Partly because over the past two seasons he's been so good, consistently good, that we've become numb to his mind-boggling numbers.
Partly, too, because around here, he regularly gets compared to Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, another big-time pass catcher who has wowed on a weekly basis.
The nation's top two college wideouts, both Oklahoma-bred, may reside in the state. And played off each other, the Bedlam competitors have piled up All-American statistics worthy of front-runner consideration for the Biletnikoff Award, a race that might have swung Blackmon's way in a matter of hours Saturday.
In Norman, Broyles' great season and career prematurely came to an end when he suffered an ACL injury. A little later in Stillwater, Blackmon delivered a rousing reminder of just how special he is, providing some heavy lifting in Oklahoma State's 52-45 comeback win. He finished with 13 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns, the latter a 54-yard piece of rescue work that was followed by a key two-point conversion, lifting the Cowboys from a 38-37 deficit back in front.
The Cowboys don't win without Blackmon; they don't move to 9-0 and remain in premium position in the BCS Standings.
He's a force, whether wrecking defenses directly with his playmaking skills, or indirectly by drawing double teams or blocking downfield in the run game.
Broyles' sad exit from this season likely ends his Biletnikoff campaign, one that may have seen him in the lead before Saturday. Now his resume is destined to be incomplete due a gap spanning a quarter of the season.
Maybe Blackmon assumes the lead, as the primary playmaker for the nation's No. 2 team and for his reliability in big moments, confirmed again against K-State.
As spoiled followers in search of perfection, we tend to focus on Blackmon's occasional flaws – a drop here and there, his fumbled touchdown at Texas A&M, two more fumbles Saturday night, one on a botched punt return and another as he strained for extra yards near the goal line against the Wildcats.
But what about his body of work? And his load-bearing importance to the Cowboys?
With the game and a dream season in the balance against K-State, there he was streaking through the secondary, responding to the Wildcats' late surge into the lead with his 54-yard catch and run. And there he was moments later, when OSU went for two, securing a vital two points that put the Cowboys a full seven points into the lead.
“When my name was called, I just tried to make a play,” Blackmon said.
A bad game for Blackmon?
Seven catches for 57 yards and a score against Tulsa is the closest thing – spanning the past two seasons.
Remember Blackmon's 2010 season, when he claimed the Biletnikoff after posting at least 100 yards with a touchdown in all 12 games he played? While that streak was snapped this season, Blackmon's dominance and game-changing abilities remain.
The Cowboys junior leads the nation with 12 touchdown catches and ranks second in receptions (87), third in receptions per game (9.67) and seventh in receiving yards per game (115.44). And he has a touchdown catch in eight straight games.
Blackmon's two-year totals, with four games still to play: 198 receptions, 2,821 yards and 32 touchdowns, including TDs in 20 of 21 games played.
No Biletnikoff candidate has a chance to own the spotlight quite like Blackmon in the final month. Texas Tech's shaky secondary awaits Saturday, followed by a Friday night ESPN spotlight at Iowa State.
Then, of course, Bedlam.
It's a shame Broyles won't be there, too, making for a fun subplot with a wide receiver showdown/throwdown to settle who's better once and for all.
Maybe Blackmon will just spoil us some more.