STILLWATER — Kasey Taylor came home from the hospital wearing a onesie with the Oklahoma Sooner logo on the front.
She grew up thinking OU was her dream school.
But Saturday afternoon at Owen Field, she'll be wearing orange. A No. 68 Oklahoma State jersey, to be exact.
Kasey is the wife of Lane Taylor, the Cowboys' starting right guard and senior anchor of another dependable offensive line in Stillwater.
Bedlam week often brings stories of households, friendships and, yes, marriages that are divided by loyalty to the Sooners and Cowboys. Kasey Taylor (formerly Noel) is split between her Sooner roots and Cowboy husband.
“I don't know if I can get her (completely converted to OSU),” Lane said with a grin. “She's deep. She's always been an OU fan.”
Kasey spent much of her childhood living in Oklahoma City. Her mom graduated from OSU, but her dad passed on his passion for the Sooners.
So Kasey was set on attending OU and even enrolled at the school. But the week she was scheduled to move into her dorm in Norman, she got a letter from OSU offering her a scholarship.
The financial help was enough to make a last-minute switch to OSU. And switching to OSU led her to Lane.
They first met in a summer government class in July of 2009, and a friendship gradually turned into romance.
Shortly after Lane and Kasey started dating, Kasey told her dad she had met someone at OSU. He joked that they'd have to try to convert him to the Sooner side.
“I don't think that's going to happen,” Kasey told her dad. “He's a football player.”
But Kasey's parents now love having a Cowboy son-in-law. They all go to games together in Stillwater — donning orange. And other family members who are OU fans rarely give Lane a hard time, even during Bedlam week.
Probably wise, given Lane is 6-3 and nearly 330 pounds.
“I think they're kind of scared of him, almost,” Kasey said with a laugh. “They won't talk smack to him. They'll just kind of wear red.”
Kasey still has all her crimson gear buried away — for now. Some of it actually may have “accidentally” disappeared for good, thanks to Lane.
But even though Kasey will have a degree in educational psychology and sociology from OSU at the end of the semester, she plans to go back to supporting her Sooners once Lane is no longer part of the Cowboy program. That means they both expect to have battles for the TV remote on Saturdays next fall.
Kasey's even still got that onesie, and will try to convince Lane to let their baby boy or girl wear it one day.
For the rest of Lane's football career, though, she'll cheer for the Cowboys.
“Obviously, supporting him is my No. 1 priority,” Kasey said. “After the season ends, I can't wait to pull back out my crimson and cream.
“But Saturday, I will be wearing orange.”